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California in spring

Discussion in 'Articles' started by Tom Barr, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Tom Barr

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    These are a few pics we took on a wildflower hunt.

    Telescope peak from Badwater, a total of 11,4000ft of elevation change there.
    telescopepeakfrombadwater.jpg

    Death Valley
    enciliafrombw.jpg

    There are fish that live here believe it or not.
    Desert Pup fish, they can live up to 112F, 3x saltier than seawater.

    They also can exists in what is one of the smallest ecosystems in the world, tiny pools. Very colorful as well. Devil's Hole is one of the last places.

    badwater.jpg

    Do not come here in the summer, average temps are 50C. It is one of the hottest places on earth. Early spring after a rain(if you are lucky) and camp up in the high evelations.

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    More, this time from Clinton's last NM designation before he left:
    Carrizo plain:

    CA Pronghorn, rather playful critters and hard to get near. Took me awhile.

    CAprohornCPNM.jpg

    Looking south to Mt Pinos
    mtpinosCNM.jpg

    goldenfieldsCNM.jpg

    Huge fields of gold I tell ya.

    Soda lake and fiddle necks
    sodalakeCNM.jpg

    Regards,
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    More from the upper parts of Carrizo:

    CarrizoplainNMBlue.jpg

    CPNM1.jpg

    resizedfiddleneckspnm.gif

    Lots of flowers.

    The lakes near Sacramento have massive Lupine and poppies blooming right now, I'll get some new pics later.

    Regards,
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    Joshua tree flowers, massive, head sized.

    resizedJT.jpg

    Lichen at PNM:
    lichenpnm.gif

    Indian paint brush
    indianpaintbrushpnm.gif

    Blue dicks along the trail to the Caves in PNM:
    bluedickspnmspring.gif

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    And of course Tufa at Mono lake:

    monolaketufta.jpg

    Regards,
    Tom barr
     
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    Wow, great pics Tom! I can't wait to finish up with grad school and move to California! I'm from the India and I can't stand the winters out here on the East coast :D
     
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    I'm from the upper midwest, while I like snow and all, I like to be able to travel to it, just not live in it.

    California has the more different habitats than anywhere I know.

    Deserts, some of the hottest, driest on earth
    Rainforest, lush and with bthe tallest most massive biomass trees per area
    Tall mountains, deep valleys
    Open savanna
    Oak woodland
    Largest inland Delta
    Marine tidal flats
    Marine systems/macro algae
    Volcanic mountains
    Waterfalls
    Lots of rivers
    Serpentine
    Vernal pools
    Oldest Trees
    Largest Trees
    Dramatic coast line
    Not Humid most of the time
    Fog
    Driftwood
    Many endemic species of animals and plants found no where else.

    Cost a lot to live here though.

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    Are you sure you aren't working for the California tourism Industry? :D
    Yeah, I need to find a good job on the West Coast, but I definitely want to be there so I can travel around and see all that great stuff in my free time.
     
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    Awesome pictures, thanks for posting these. Gives local CA folks a great idea on where to take a few road trips next spring.

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