I love the desert....not much more I can say, I just feel at home when I am there. I have been to the South American rain forests, the Western Sierras, the Mexican Tropicals, the European Mediterranean, etc...Nothing makes me feel at peace like the desert. It is alive with so many insects, plants and wildlife it is just amazing. My most recent trip to Rockhouse Canyon and the Santa Rosa mountains showed me an amazing amount of plant and wildlife that exists in extreme conditions. Sometimes you have to concentrate and look real close to find it. Desert life can be small...very small, but abundant. All of these insects have a symbiotic existence with the rest of the desert life, destruction of one has a domino effect for all the rest of them.
Now that Spring is here the plant and wildlife is coming alive, take a look..close down, it is there...
Can you see the small insects in this close up photo of a flower that is about as big as your fingernail?
No idea what this spider type insect is but there were hundreds of them near the water in upper Nicholas Canyon and it was hard to get a picture of them as they moved very quickly
I have to say I have never seen moths or butterflies feeding on scat before but this trip showed me that flies, moths and others all enjoy a good fresh crap for nutrition
A beetle enjoys the pollen of a Beaver tail Cactus
Craig and I headed out Friday after work in the dark and hiked close to 5 miles into Mojave Valley via Rockhouse Canyon to get to the base of Dawns Peak. This would be my third ascent of Dawns in a month, she was my buddy by now...I found a Geocache in the morning looking for a place to take care of morning business....
Following Craig up to Dawns Peak, no easy task with heavy packs on. This climb gains almost 3,000' in less than 1.5 miles.
This is looking towards peak 6300 and Toro in the distance
I brought my 7 ounce titanium loppers and crushed our way thru the brush...haha...
Looking back at Dawns Peak from peak 6300
Peak 6300 Register
Reminds me of pineapple
We found the old Indian trail down into Rockhouse Canyon. It was steep and somewhat difficult to descend especially at the end of a long day
We made camp the second night at what we think was an old ranchers camp. It had a great view of the valley and lots of birds since it was close to a seep
The micro life of plants and animals is amazing, here are some photos of the small (and a few larger) plants and cacti that live in the desert, to me they are amazing
Along the old indian trail I found some pottery, maybe a pot drop
Yours truly at the old Santa Rosa Village Ruins
This is the seep above the ruins, it had good water this time
Over in Nicholas Canyon you can find some remains of a mining operation, here is an old and deep shaft that remains uncovered
Nice view of the upper Cottonwoods with Dawns and Rabbit Peak in distance
Nicholas Canyon Spring...please do not leave the bucket under the water, it will fill with silt and mud, leave it cleaned and upside down under the small alcove nearby...thanks!
View of one of the old indian trails across the valley
I tucked my head inside a small shelter to see if there was any rock art but only found this 3' snake...!!
This was a great trip, 4 days wandering Rockhouse Canyon, the ridges above and the valley below. I will definitely be going back.
Total Mylar Balloons - 7 (not all pictured)