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Desert views north of Barstow

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In addition to making portraits of a few Joshua trees a bit north of Barstow, California, on October 25 of last year, I took pictures there of the pastel desert landscape itself.


© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 7, 2017 at 4:59 AM

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  1. The variety of formations is as interesting as the color variations in that first photo. I suspect erosion caused the deep, bowl-like sink in the second, but it does resemble a cutaway view of a crater.


    January 7, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    • I wondered whether mining had played any part in shaping the land as shown here. I still don’t know. I have confirmed that there was plenty of mining in the area:


      Did you know that Greek krater, which has become our crater, meant ‘a bowl used for mixing wine and water’?

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2017 at 9:16 AM

      • I didn’t know that. I’ve known that water and wine are mixed in the Catholic mass, but I just did a little snooping and found information about Greeks mixing the two in sources like this. I suppose our variation would be the wine spritzer.


        January 7, 2017 at 9:58 AM

        • As a kid I would drink very sweet wine mixed with a good dose of seltzer. While I don’t remember anyone using the term wine spritzer back then, it seems to have been the same thing.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 7, 2017 at 3:09 PM

  2. The layers and colours are stunning.


    January 7, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    • That’s how I found them, too. At any of the dozens and dozens of places on this trip where I stopped to take pictures, I could easily have spent hours wandering around in the certainty of finding photo-worthy things.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2017 at 9:20 AM

  3. What great scenery!

    Watching Seasons

    January 8, 2017 at 2:21 AM

    • The desert Southwest is full of such scenery. That’s why I was eager to get back there after my previous visit two years earlier. I hope you’ll get a chance to go too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 8, 2017 at 7:34 AM

  4. Those interesting folds in the skin of the earth are intriguing, aren’t they?


    January 18, 2017 at 7:58 AM

    • They certainly intrigued me. I walked into the desert far enough to get clear shots of these geological features.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 18, 2017 at 9:29 AM

      • The desert frightens me. I’m not sure I’d have the courage to walk out into it.


        January 19, 2017 at 8:46 AM

        • I wasn’t that far from the car. One good thing about deserts is that there’s usually lots of empty ground around each plant, so it’s easy to move ahead and see where you’re stepping. Walking through the dense plants on a prairie or in a forest takes much more energy, and the things you can’t so easily see occasionally do damage (think greenbrier vines, poison ivy, etc.).

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

  5. Beautiful photos…I was in the same area recently and fell in love with the pastel landscape. Thanks for capturing that!


    February 8, 2017 at 11:33 PM

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