After our trip to the library we headed to Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace for some food (which is a given for any trip to the Joshua Tree area) and then had some time before we needed to drive back to LA. Joshua Tree National Park is great, but driving to the entrance station and then through the park would have taken longer than we had so we decided to just go to the closest part of the park which ended up being Black Rock Canyon. Here's where we were:
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The great thing about this area is that you don't have to pay the park entrance fee, but you can still park and get out to explore a bit.
Here are a couple of photos I took in that area:
|Joshua Trees in bloom|
|Maybe a Western Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana ssp. elegans)|
And a bird I spotted hear the Reanimation Library. I heard it before I saw it. Scroll down a bit on this page and you can hear the call.
|Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)|
Check out more of my photos from this area in my Flickr set.