Growing in a rock outcrop in a steep drainage next to a large Pinus monophylla. Elevation 3705'.
Ericameria cuneata var. spathulata. Looked like rabbitbrush, but with these funky notched, spatulate leaves.
Think I've got the ID right. There are 2 common scrub oaks here; going by the spine-tipped leaves & the lack of white undersides to the leaves, I make this out to be Tucker's rather than Muller's.
I know they're not rare, but I've seldom been lucky enough to find these. The Mojave plant is listed by some sources as a separate species, subspecies or variety, E. mojavensis, but the most up-to-date authorities seem to have it all shmushed together under the main species.
At least, that's what a keyword search turned up in short order. Seems pretty distinctive. 1 cm across each.
Lichens grow a tiny fraction of an inch per year in the Mojave. This is a closeup of a specimen ~4 inches across.
Ericameria nauseosa. Large shrub growing along a wash.
A single male western tanager was seen in the Smith Water Canyon area of Joshua Tree National Park. There are numerous summer records for the Joshua Tree area, and the bird is listed as a possible breeder on the park bird checklist. Location is approximate.
A single Bell's sparrow was seen at the junction of the Lower Covington and Eureka Peak roads in Joshua Tree National Park. Sorry for the poor photo quality, but I was not able to approach the bird very closely.
I have several photos of a flycatcher that I have labeled ash-throated flycatcher, but I am not certain that's what the bird is. I'm not seeing much in the way of rufous coloration in the outer primaries or tail. On the other hand the bird was fairly large in size, and it was in a habitat where ash-throateds are often seen- small canyon with a dry desert wash and scattered acacia, desert willow, and mesquite. The Aug. 10 date puts in in an early fall migration time when several other flycatcher species might be moving into the area. Anyway, I'd welcome suggestions as to the ID of this bird. The general location was near the Maze Loop Trailhead.
A single Lewis's woodpecker was seen on the Wall Street Mill trail. The bird was found in the desert wash that is located just west of the trail to the Mill. Location is approximate.
A single-gray-headed junco was observed at Barker Dam. These are fairly rare for the Joshua Tree area.
A single adult bald eagle was seen soaring over the desert near Quail Springs Picnic Area. Bald eagles are regularly observed at the Salton Sea, approx. 37 miles to the southeast.
Didn't try to get this one to variety, of which there are many. You can see the three awn grasses still blooming all through the Wonderland.
In sandy washes adjacent to Barker Dam parking lot.
Gorgeous clump of Nolinas!
Low and sprawling. Locally common in sandy washes and on surrounding boulders.
Erect and branching stems. Dense glochidia.
Locally common on granite boulders and in sandy pockets. In full bloom.
Growing out of granite boulders, flowering and fruiting. Wonderland of Rocks.
Abundant in sandy washes. Wonderland of Rocks.
Growing from a soil pocket up on granite boulders. Wonderland of Rocks.
Lots in the distance!
Reddish galls on oaks.