Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National Park
I wanted that beer.
I'm not a big drinker, but I'd been hiking into the hills around my campsite at California's Joshua Tree National Park to photograph an arch rock at sunset and on the way back I was thinking about beer. Before I left I took the cooler out of the car and put it in the shade with a wet towel over it. I was aiming for evaporative cooling, river-trip style.
I forgot to consider that, in a dry environment, wildlife wants refreshment, too. I came around that last corner and saw that the cooler was adorned with hundreds of bees. I used an extended tripod leg to lift and move the towel, but most of the bees remained.
Not an irrevocable tragedy, I know. It got fully dark, the bees went away, I ate and drank in the moonlight.
Cholla Garden Sunrise, Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree, otherwise, was fabulous. I spent a fair amount of time rock climbing there in the 80s and so was excited to come back with my camera and to have some shoulder season solitude in a magical place. I got all that and giant granite boulders, otherworldly vegetation and sweet light.
Joshua Tree and Granite Slab
I got what I needed, just like the bees did.
More JT images are in the Desert Gallery on the website (the last nine).
PS - I didn't plan two posts "the Bird" and "Bees." Really.