I don’t usually post photos of other artists’ work, but rock murals painted by Roy Purcell, which he started around 1967, were so captivating that I can’t resist sharing some here. Located just outside the charming old mining town of Chloride AZ, they incorporate an eclectic mix of Pre-Historic, Biblical, Native American, and New Age symbolism and styling. Captions represent my take on Purcell’s imagery.Share:
During our month at Needles, we did a number of hikes I have not posted until now. They were hikes more about the enjoyment of nature than photography, but I can’t resist the odd shot.
Jennifer and I liked the Black Mountains near Oatman so much that we returned to the area a couple times. Walking though endless slopes of Cholla (pronounced choi-ya) Cactus was a delight. Another hike was through Grapevine Canyon, at the southern tip of Nevada, which contains a natural spring, grapevines, and ancient Mojave petroglyphs. Our last hike not too far from Needles was a portion of the Whipple Mountains Wilderness, an area that looks like a moonscape.
For a Christmas present to each other, Jennifer and I went to the “Skywalk” over the Grand Canyon. It was less of an experience than we expected, but a helicopter ride into the Canyon was spectacular. The curved windshield played havoc with focus and sharpness, but I did capture a few shots. The 3rd image was shot as we flew over the rim and the earth just fell away below us. Awesome!Share:
Another day trip west of Needles was to the Mojave National Preserve (recently made a National Monument by President Obama). Hole-in-the-Wall trail required scrambling through a narrow, rocky cleft between two buttes. Elaborate rock faces there engaged the imagination. Sunset arrived while driving through a beautiful Joshua Tree forest. We stopped and marvelled at a stunning display of natural wonder.