So, to help me keep my sanity, keep up my photo skills, to get out of the house, and to have fun, I decided to document these little outings. I have aptly named them the "Ridgecrest Adventurography Excursion" series. Basically, anytime I go out and just have photo time around the city, they'll be documented for, uh... posterity's sake and for your's, I guess.
Outing #1 was at Rademacher Hills, on the Sunland Trail. I haven't spent much time doing sunset pictures, so I thought I'd give my hand a try at those. I left the house a bit later than I should have, I didn't really have a destination in mind -- I just decided to drive out towards the local college and see where I ended up.
Here are the spoils from that trip:
From the 'DROID:
An abandoned mine:
I started at the trailhead with the goal to get to the front/west side of the first of two hills. I made it to the south side of hill two and didn't quite get the pics I was imagining, but then again, you can't achieve perfection all of the time. :)
I have always had a thing for fence posts:
I love catching natural lens flares from the sun's rays:
Here is the last time I saw the sun before it set, on the south side of hill #2:
There's my car... Waaaaaaayyyyyyy down there:
A view of the west side of Ridgecrest:
Some of the local shrubbery:
Cottontop Cactus... Echinocactus polycephalus
Native Americans ate the seeds and used the plants to treat burns, and the spines were used as needles.
I grew up in the desert (Southern Nevada), and have seen similar plants to these, but have never seen a Cottontop Cactus until I moved to Ridgecrest. I thought these were really cool. Not to mention a titch fierce looking once you get a good peak at those fearsome spikes.
Panoramic shot of Ridgecrest's southeast end... I think the mountains look great at dusk:
Well, that concludes this week's Adventurography Excursion... If you have location suggestions that you think I should check out, let me know! I'd love to hear from you via a comment below.
Stay tuned for the next one!