Mojave Desert

Photo Friday: Mojave Desert, California

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Mojave Desert, CaliforniaPutting aside the shattered wrist and accompanying titanium plate, this trip was epic. Blustery temperatures, nary a soul on the trails and vistas that surely inspired many a spaghetti Western.

Mojave Desert, CaliforniaOnce again the crew assembled for a long four-day weekend in California’s southern deserts. We do this every year but quite often schedules do not sync up and we ride without a bro or three. The stars aligned for this one.

Mojave Desert, CaliforniaTorrential rains had blasted the west coast and sprinkled these dusty highlands with the quickening power of water. Flowers, FLOWERS! They stretched up in abundance and an admirable zest amongst the detritus of broken stone littering the hills.

Mojave Desert, CaliforniaRivers that only flow during storms were humid in the shadows and just moist enough to eliminate dust from the rider ahead.

Mojave Desert, CaliforniaThe dry lake bed we always visit was freshly crackled.

Mojave Desert, CaliforniaThe sands were blanketed in little yellow blossoms that when combined by the wind filled our noses with nectar of the desert.

Mojave Desert, CaliforniaIn short, we witnessed what few people do in the badlands: Life.

Mojave Desert, California


  • June 11, 2010

    what a variety of landscape. thanks for the eye to see and share them.

  • June 11, 2010

    Wow, that’s gorgeous! I say so with a hint of surprise in my voice, because I always thought the desert was nothing but sand; kind-of boring and ugly. But there’s a surprising amount of color and vibrancy. Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures with us!

  • June 11, 2010
    Walter and Kit's Dads

    Hi SVV. Great pics. You look like Mad-Max. J

  • June 11, 2010

    The Mojave sure provided a showy landscape to play in. But just how did you shatter the wrist SVV?

  • June 11, 2010

    Spectacular. But where are the girls? We ride, too!

  • June 11, 2010

    Love that last one, with the purple flowers!

  • June 11, 2010

    Oh my! Those photos are truly stunning. Great job.

  • June 11, 2010

    These photos are super awesome!

  • June 11, 2010

    Great photos! I love a man with sense enough to photograph flowers 🙂

  • June 11, 2010

    I look forward to seeing the pictures on your blog everytime I head over here! They always inspire me to take pictures at different angles when I am traveling.

  • June 11, 2010

    Awesome photos – love the California desert.

  • June 11, 2010

    I love the desert so much!
    It is almost surprising gorgeous it is.

  • June 11, 2010

    Wow! What a brilliant array of stuff. I always find it really hard to actually stop the bike and get off to take photos… So glad you managed to do it.

  • June 11, 2010

    Wow! I’m stunned. All these years, I envisioned you and the bros kicking up dust on a dry desert bed–definitely not the colors and diversity showcased here!

  • June 12, 2010

    Thanks for sharing these stunning shots!

  • June 12, 2010
    joan van velsor

    great photos, wonderful lyical text

  • June 12, 2010

    Stunning, Kristin. Wow.

  • June 14, 2010

    That must have been so fun!

  • June 14, 2010

    That last photo is killer.

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  • June 15, 2010

    I love the contrast between the pretty flowers and the biker in the third photo. Very cool!

  • June 16, 2010

    wow – great photos. That last one is mesmerizing!

  • June 17, 2010

    What a gorgeous and unforgettable ride! So sorry about your accident, though makes for a good story afterward, huh? That pic of you standing on the rocks is killer!

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  • June 29, 2016

    Stunning! I’m staggered. Every one of these years, I imagined you and the brothers kicking up dust on a dry forsake bed–definitely not the hues and assorted qualities showcased here!

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