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Old 03-30-2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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The Feck Sante Fe Rider day trip.

Right. So, SFR made a snarky comment in a Jo Momma dogpile thread, and I ran out and took a picture. Then I got to thinking, why not go on a day trip? I didn't have anything so important I couldn't blow off for a day,...

And a mini-adventure was born!

Oh, profanities follow, so. ..



Here's the inspiration. about 2:30 PM today. I got on Blue Diamond Highway, and rolled over into the Pahrump Valley. Original plans were loosely to go to Furnace Creek-Death Valley and back before sunset but,



Obligitory Jerky stop, I mean, who doesn't love Elk and Buffalo jerky? damn expensive, but oh well. I turned off on Furnace Creek Rd, and immediately noticed a plethora of flowers. I love me some flowers!


Crossed over into California, and as I stopped to snap this and saw a dirt road and did I mention flowers?




I swear, If I had a bash plate, I'd take my CB anywhere, the Avon Distanzias, two years old now, are amazing tires that wear like Iron, grip like street rubber, Hell, there is no downside, (except they aren't cheap)


Flower! With Bug! even better!

Now spring hasn't fully sprung yet, it's in the early stages so there wasn't a huge variety of flowers, but there are some nice ones.

Same flower, the whole thing. This is less then a foot tall, and five-six inches across (entire plant)


My trusty, rusty steed. I love old Motorcycles, especially hondas.





I haven't looked any of the flowers up yet, so I'll not make a fool of myself and mis-identify any of them.



This flower smelled heavenly, like honeysuckle, and was crawling with these wasps. I dunno if they lay eggs in the stems, or were gathering nectar, or what. they do look a bit like gall wasps, however.


Globe Mallow. About the only one I can fairly confidently identify, I'm rather rusty at flowers.


Flutter-Bye! on what looks to be a marigold, but don't quote me.


I ended up spending over an hour walking about, photographing flowers, and as usual, there were more nearest the roadway then anywhere else, something about rain runoff I believe.



the sun/cloud scheme was excellent well for taking flower pictures.


more in the next post.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:02 PM   #2
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the only thing I like taking pictures of more then flowers, (and Motorcycles,) are Insects, especially Bees! Buggers never stay still long enough, however, so I get one good insect shot for twenty tries. Unfortunately, there is a direct correlation between ambient temperature and insect mobility speed. I live in the desert, so that's not a good combination.

However, these guys were very happy with the Nectar content, and so stayed relatively stable for me to get some shots.


A completely different species of bee, on a totally different flower. These are, if I'm not mistaken ground hive bees, and are stingless.


I found a field of these, on just the other side of a 'No Trespassing, State Property' fence, so. I Trespassed.






I found some weird Mutant double flowers, there were a bunch of them, so I logged them with photographs. I wonder what benefit this mutation gives the flower.




Check it out, this is a zoom macro shot taken from almost fifteen feet away!


I only ran into a few of these, they have flowers, and seed pods, it looks like.



Your humble Narrator...

I got so caught up in photographing flowers, I didn't make it nearly as far as I thought I would, oh well.


Blurry home again home again pic, Yo Flying Eyeball!


hunnerd fifty miles round trip. Not far, but not bad. it was an excellent day to be out.

Thanks SFR for the inspiration!

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Old 03-30-2013, 09:13 PM   #3
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Nice day for a short loop!!
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:42 PM   #4
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Fantastic

That old Honda, with its lower COG, is probably easier to handle off the pavement than the big top heavy adventure bikes as long as pace is sedate.

Sedate is not a bad thing, it's soothing to the soul.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:03 AM   #5
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Looked like a nice day for a ride! I wish Spring would move her ass to the east coast.

Those are some really great shots, what kind of camera are you using?

+1 on the Distanza's, I have them on the street setup for my DRz, they rock!
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:37 AM   #6
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Very nice pics!
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:08 AM   #7
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Thanks for the comments.

I cannot beleive how well the Distanzias stick, I plan to put them on my KLR instead of D606's if I ever get it back together. I'm tired of the 'road drone' from the 606s, and I don't think I'll lose much (if any) traction off road, the Distanzias are truly amazing tires.


I'm using a Panasonic Lumix Zs-19, It's the fourth or fifth of the lumix series I've owned. They are amazing for a tiny point and shoot. (and inexpensive) 20x optical zoom, 120 MM aspherical leica lens, etc etc. I' d expect there's a newer/better model out now, as they are updated continuously. One warning, they are fragile, and it is very easy to get dust between the lenses.








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Old 03-31-2013, 12:38 PM   #8
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Very nice pics.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:10 PM   #9
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Its what I like about advrider. wild flowers +old honda+wild eyed frontiersman = spellbinding story. You just never what you will find on this site, and in finding you will learn to see new things. Great stuff.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:06 PM   #10
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