Hiking, camping and 4WD in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Eastern Sierra

These days I'm driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser on desert dirt roads instead of the 10-ton bicycle of all those years past–and then hiking from there. Things change!

Have I ever seen a hopsage as orange as this one here on Darwin Plateau?

2845-darwin-plateau.jpg Some early end-of-day shadows are beginning to appear on Darwin Plateau Thumbnails Several hopsage bushes are growing in this area of Darwin Plateau Some early end-of-day shadows are beginning to appear on Darwin Plateau Thumbnails Several hopsage bushes are growing in this area of Darwin Plateau Some early end-of-day shadows are beginning to appear on Darwin Plateau Thumbnails Several hopsage bushes are growing in this area of Darwin Plateau Some early end-of-day shadows are beginning to appear on Darwin Plateau Thumbnails Several hopsage bushes are growing in this area of Darwin Plateau Some early end-of-day shadows are beginning to appear on Darwin Plateau Thumbnails Several hopsage bushes are growing in this area of Darwin Plateau

Of course, the end-of-day light is increasing the orangeness.