All the photos in this post were taken by Papa Quail and me in the campground area.
|Sunrise at Hole-in-the-Wall campground|
Dates: November 29-31
Place: Hole in the Wall campground, Mojave National Preserve, California
Coordinates: 35.04551, -115.39361
|The mesa east of the campground|
|Desert Sage (Salvia dorrii)|
Desert Sage (Salvia dorrii), close up
|Coyote Melon (Cucurbita palmata)|
Another thing I absolutely loved about it was the STARS! We were there on moonless nights and I got to observe the night skies without the light pollution that drowns the stars in the Bay Area. After the chikas and Papa went into the tent for the night I took the time to slowly wash the dishes, pack everything in the car and enjoy the solitude, silence and the amazing desert night skies. I wouldn't switch this experience, cold and all, with any fancy resort in the world!
We don't have the right equipment for night photography, so I don't have a photo of the pretty constellations that decorated the sky. Papa Quail, however, had taken this twilight photo of Venus, shining over a darkening butte, as beautiful as the goddess after which it is named.
|Sunset and Venus|
Many thanks to members of the California Native Plant Society for their help in identifying plants!