Adventure Amidst the Joshua Trees

Last weekend I had a little adventure in the desert behind my house. There happened to be some Joshua Trees beyond a wash full of sand and rocks and random trash. I missed their blooms but there were these odd green fruits that I had no idea the trees were even capable of producing.

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What saddened me was the amount of trash that had accumulated in the wash. There was concrete, plastic bags, wood, even a tire. I know for a fact a huge number of people enjoy that desert area but do not clean up after themselves, making cute animals like the jackrabbit below had to live in a less than pristine environment:Image

Ladybug and Praying Mantis

I went outside today to take some photos of birds, ladybugs, and other insects.

Here’s a ladybug I found on a leaf:

Here’s a little praying mantis- the first I’ve seen this year.

I hope my neighbors don’t think I’m stange- I was standing on a sprinkerbox, reaching up as high as I could to take this picture and it probably looked really odd. 

Rogue.