Riverside County, California, US
Female. Covington Flats, JOTR 18801.
Photo by Robb Hannawacker
Desert Pincushion (Calflora) along Old Dale Road, near Highway 195 in Pinto Basin. Joshua Tree National Park.
A beautiful species. Feeding head down.
An adult found on the road at night.
A beautiful adult great basin gopher snake found in the shade during late morning at about 98 degrees air temperature.
These are the distinct above-ground structures of the desert encrusting termite (Gnathamitermes sp.) found among the gravel in a creasote flat in the Pinto Basin, JTNP, CA.
Found in a sandy area of Pinto Basin, JTNP.
Only a few of these were blooming (literally 10 out of 100,000 plants I saw) - I think it was because they were alongside a road with some construction going on - probably resulting in a bit of water spraying and runoff which kicked these into flowering mode?
Really cool to look at BUT ABSOLUTELY A PAIN to get pricked by of of these! It was really hard and painful to remove.
Along park highway, in the basin.