I was going to call this post the Variety Pack even before I decided making the previous post! These are various things from various places in the past two weeks or so.
This is a Gambel’s Quail. They are found around Joshua Tree National Park. They are rather small and zip across the road pretty fast (like roadrunners), so I didn’t try to get a picture of a live one in the wild. This was a model of one in the JTNP Visitor Center.
Here are a group of barrel cacti, on top of a small hill as I was driving through Valley of Fire State Park north of Las Vegas:
I don’t even remember where this one was taken, but the homeowner isn’t shy about making his feelings known:
And there is a wooden sign behind it, facing the other way. Another subtle message, perhaps??
This cactus was at the Panamint Springs restaurant I ate lunch at when leaving Death Valley National Park (right before getting to the canyon where the military jets fly). It was a little bigger than a grapefruit.
These were at a rest stop on “The 10” while I was making a lap around Joshua Tree National Park on Sunday:
This was on the road in to Pioneertown in Yucca Valley, CA:
This was outside the State Park Visitor Center down near Malibu, CA yesterday:
This was taken this morning on the beach near the Ventura, CA yacht club:
This was taken in the AAA Motor Club parking lot in Ventura, CA this morning:
These were taken at two of my stops earlier today near Ventura, CA
This second one IS called a Bottle Brush. The tips look yellow but they were actually gold in color. I have never seen one of these before.