Over the past few weekends I’ve made a number of trips to various parts of the Mojave Desert, mostly to see the flowers, but of course I encountered various other interesting scenes along the way. The Mojave presents a unique combination of ancient desert and volcanic history, and in the right places with the right rain, the flowers can be astonishingly abundant. That is, until the ever-hungry sphinx moth caterpillars get to them!
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Ghosts, trapped in sand. Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA.
Sunlight beams through a caved in roof of a lava tube in the Mojave Desert National Preserve, CA.
The pink flowers and rich scent of sand verbena transform the desert landscape of Death Valley National Park in spring time.
A hungry white-lined sphinx moth caterpillar chows down on some fresh sand verbena flowers in Death Valley National Park.
Goldfields cover the floor of the high desert in spring, surrounding these Joshua Trees near Lancaster, CA.
Owls Clover adds a welcome splash of purple to the gold and orange fields of poppies and goldfields, near Lancaster, CA.
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