Monday, April 22, 2013

Valley of Fires Photos Gallery

Here are additional photos from the Valley of Fires Recreation Area from April 19, 2013

Read the previous post for a description of my visit and to view a panorama photo of the Nature Trail from which the following photos were taken.

If you click on a photo you will see larger versions in a "lightbox," but then you won't see the captions, apparently.

Looking east across the flow and seeing a lava pressure ridge.

The Hedgehog Cacti were blooming all over the area.
Close-up photo of the Hedgehog Cactus flower.
Many flowers were in bloom, such as Fendler's Bladderpod,  to the delight of this bee.
A cluster of yellow and purple blossoms on one Feather Dalea bush.
A Bearded Penstemon growing in a lava crack.
Purple Verbena were also common in the area.

Very difficult terrain to try to traverse.

There were a number of ground squirrels living amongst the lava.

I love the stark beauty of this dead juniper against the skyline.

Rock Wren. There were Canyon Wrens in the lava, but they refused to pose for photos. 
Look carefully: this Rock Wren has nesting material in its bill.

Sotol, a type of yucca, is iconic in the area.
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