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Key Lookout in Joshua Tree National Park
We had a perfect day for the adventure, 65 degrees and overcast. This is looking back towards the Palm Springs area.
In front of a Joshua Tree forest. Only found in the Mohave Dessert between 2-6,000 feet.
Keeping a sharp eye out for wildlife was rewarded with this tortoise. I was amazed at the tongue of armor under his chin which could close tight when I looked too closely. We were both pretty curious about each other.
To travel through Joshua Tree National Park is to learn the story of two desserts, different ecosystems, gain respect for harsh climates and be awed by the changing landscape. Passing through the Colorado or Sonoran desert which I'm more familiar with, we saw the wicked cholla cactus (jumping cactus), Ocotillo which can bloom up to six times a year depending on the weather, and creosote plants and paloverde trees.
Just as we were leaving the Ocotillo flats, we came to a tortoise near the side of the road. About a foot across, he/she (I'll call it "Ocotie") was a dusty armored critter. I was fascinated and zeroed
in for a closer look. Occasionally "Ocotie" would peak out to see what I was doing, then back into the shell and pop up the chin armor like a drawbridge becoming sealed from the outside world. In observing other types of tortoise, I didn't remember the chin armor so prominent in closing off the head. The "meat of the sandwich" so to speak, is still exposed, not so with this desert beauty.
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