i am here. going into joshua tree national park daily to walk & explore. these pics from today’s adventure.
last night the geminids were still in action. i lay outside with blankets covering everything except my eyes. i saw meteors and fireballs. long streaking meteors with tails and a fireball at the end. seriously. will go out again tonight around midnight supposed to be ongoing till the 18th. we’ll see.
today i slipped and fell and landed head-first into a yucca. thorns on the head. blood dripping down. a hammock was involved. truth.
it’s cold up here in the high desert. the woodstove is being fed continually as soon as the sun goes down.
just sending a little smoke signal out into the starry sky. can you see it?
Stephanie Beckham says
Lying under the stars sounds heavenly….not the fall into the Yucca. Ouch. Take care!
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Dear Mary Ann – I’m absolutely horrified by your fall into the yucca plant. Are you okay???? I’m worrying about you and hope you are all right. xo
Love the b/w photos! Healing energy being sent your way.
Elizabeth Woodford says
You must be extra careful when you are out and about especially when Cacti are involved!! poor baby!! Did anyone witness this ???? Your pictures are beautiful!! thank you so much for taking us with you!!
Susie LaFond says
Yowcho oopsie!!!! Mary Ann. Geez, not fun girl, stay away from those’ comin at yuccas’ and don’t say another word about it, I am pretty sure the yucca was stalking you and came out of no where. I know you like to get a good look at your specimens and all but yuccas are known to be pesky little buggers, can’t have been your fault, not at all. The sky delights and show must be truly amazing. That I would love to see, I’ll just have to sneak myself into you pocket and you can just bet I will keep an eye out for human stalking yucca plants.
I saw a little hazy place in the sky but I thought it was the Milky Way. So glad to get your signals; they were easier to see when I lived in the mountains!
The funny comments about the yucca were the icing on this cupcake!
Mary Ann Moss says
THANKS cute people for the funnies! i had a little trouble sleeping on yucca punctures and would have been worried about tentanus, but thankfully i got the combo vaccine about 5 years ago. going back into the park today. will get in hot tub when i get back. it’s safer for us bull-in-the-china-shop types.
OUCH! I only put my hand NEAR a cactus and got stung. This easterner learned her lesson and I hate to think how horrible your experience must have been/is. Healing energy to you noodle~~~~~>MAM.
annie vanderven says
Black and white does have its charm, actually I do prefer it.
Karen Goetz says
So sorry your hammock bucked you off, Mary Ann! They can be vewwy vewwy twicky! Careful out there, girly! Have you been painting/sketching? Is that a dumb question? I sure love black and white photos. Okay, so no more stunts, and enjoy the rest of your stay! I have seen a few meteors (I prefer to call them falling stars….more romantic) all the way up near Seattle. Breathtaking, aren’t they?
Mary Ann Moss says
falling stars…mmmm very nice.
apparently i have special ability to turn the entire hammock stand upside down.
yes have been watercolor gouaching. my barrel cactus look like squashed jello molds and/or sea anemone shells. you’ll want to see them.
Karen Goetz says
Can’t wait to see your paintings, Mary Ann. My good friend had an opposite hammock incident which I happily captured on my cell phone on video. She couldn’t get OUT of the darn thing and finally had to purposely tip it over and rolled out on the ground. Much giggling involved! I hope your wounds are healing fine…a bit worried bc we haven’t heard from you in a couple days. Be safe, and avoid prickly people and plants:)
Brooks Ann says
Good grief, I hope you are okay. I’ve tangled with yuccas while gardening and that was no fun. Can’t imagine diving in head first. OUCH! I concur with everyone else – your photos are fabulous and you should have some hot chocolate. Take care and enjoy!!
Carol K says
Good heavens! Acrobatics aren’t always the best idea. Unless you’re fairly confident you can make a 10-point landing. I’m pretty certain being impaled on a yucca isn’t funny, but your deadpan telling of it and the reader comments are! Photos are stunning.
Mary Ann Moss says
ha ha ha ha ha!!!! you made me guffaw just now…
Jet Hesselink says
I hope you are ok, Mary Ann!
Tina Abbott says
Yikes! Hope you’re feeling better this morning. These photos are amazing!!!!
Deborah A. Pierro says
Mary Ann–I hope you’re OK after the “yucky” fall. You’re quite an adventurer!
Judy H. says
Yeouch! Yucca wrestling is risky! Hope you’ve got no lasting damage.
Pics are wonderful. Have never been to Joshua Tree, but will put it on my bucket list. Lovely in its own way.
Lori Wostl says
Hot chocolate for sure – have one with peppermint schnapps for me! Be well. Those Yucca stabs hurt…love the black and white.
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Hope your melon is okay!
Love the stark contrasts in the B&W photos.
Linda Watson says
Ouch! Nasty yucca. Hope you didn’t let it have the hammock.
You’re the fireball queen! xox
kathy dorfer says
my happy place … enjoy
Michele R. Unger says
I hope you are not too hurt from your tumble. Let the night sky heal you, body and soul. And stay warm! Hot cocoa, the doctor ordered. Have one with marshmallows for me.
Sending positive healing energy to you! Wonderful pics and so inspirational!
Sharon Chapman says
OMG! We must be related. These head first adventures can be so nasty. I hope you are OK. Fantastic photos> I so wanted to stop there when I was headed to Arizona but got out voted by the driver 🙁 Next time. Stay warm AND KEEP YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE FLORA AND FONA. Hugs
Love the last pic the shadow is fabulous , know you would have a tough nut but I hope your ok….