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dsefcik
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3/23/2011
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My friend Scotty "C" and I just got back from a macro tour of Indian Valley and Inner Pasture. The wildflowers are blooming in Anza Borrego right now but you need to get down on your hands and knees to see them. There is so much life at the macro level in the desert. Scott and I started at the north fork of Indian Valley and headed up to False Sombrero. This is a very short distance of about 1 mile but it took us almost 2 hours, mostly due to my constant stopping to take pictures of all the different micro flowers blooming everywhere. We continued over the ridge and down into Inner Pasture where we found a spring, illegal traffic clothing, Indian Morteros, Indian Rock Carvings and even some Indian Pictographs. I even managed to lose Scott's $300 GPS and my camera screen cover along the way.

Check out all of our photos from the trip http://sefcik.smugmug.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park/Indian-Valley-Inner-Pasture-03/16296710_uSEeV

Here are a few pics, most of the flowers I took pictures of were very small, just a few inches above the soil. Insects were everywhere and the colors on the Chuparosa and Ocotillo were crazy bright.

























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Looks like a great trip.
Your pictures are incredible. You guys rock for finding those pictographs. smile

Amazing you can lug that big DSLR camera around, especially on the type of hikes that you do.

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3/23/2011
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Daren,
Great pics. I really like the caption, "Small flower in Anza Borrego." No GPS track for this hike? Did you go over and back the same route? Those macro pics are fantastic! I will be sure to let Andy know to have a look at them. You are getting better and better with the new camera. Thanks for sharing the pics. I have missed being out there the past few weeks but this made it a little better. I am heading to Joshua Tree for a few days next week and can't wait to get back to the desert.
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Thanks for the comments, I am really enjoying using the camera and need to thank Andy for pushing me to finally get a good camera. I really do need to find a better way to carry it around though, maybe one of those chest thingies...

@David, no gps tracks..note the comment "I even managed to lose Scott's $300 GPS and my camera screen cover along the way." It was a loop hike around false sombrero and back into indian valley via a low saddle east of the end of the valley. Most of the flowers really were small, most were only a few inches above the ground and only an inch or so big (some smaller) and it was hard to get clean pics with the wind blowing them around.

@Bob, I know you mentioned wanting to go out there, I have the next couple of weeks off (sorta) for spring break so let me know.

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3/23/2011
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Let's say tentatively next week Wednesday possibly.


dsefcik wrote:
Thanks for the comments, I am really enjoying using the camera and need to thank Andy for pushing me to finally get a good camera. I really do need to find a better way to carry it around though, maybe one of those chest thingies...

@David, no gps tracks..note the comment "I even managed to lose Scott's $300 GPS and my camera screen cover along the way." It was a loop hike around false sombrero and back into indian valley via a low saddle east of the end of the valley. Most of the flowers really were small, most were only a few inches above the ground and only an inch or so big (some smaller) and it was hard to get clean pics with the wind blowing them around.

@Bob, I know you mentioned wanting to go out there, I have the next couple of weeks off (sorta) for spring break so let me know.


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3/24/2011
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surfponto wrote:
Let's say tentatively next week Wednesday possibly.


Sounds good..

Here is a pic Scott sent me, this is climbing up False Sombrero..it was kinda steep...it also shows the size of most of the flowers I took pictures of.



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3/25/2011
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David, here is a rough sketch of where we went:



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3/25/2011
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Daren,
That's pretty much what I pictured when I look at GE from your description but I thought you went around the peak to the west. That berm going across the middle of the Inner Pasture looks very interesting from the GE view you posted. Is it real noticable when you are there? Is it just the edge of the wash or something else?
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3/26/2011
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hikerdmb wrote:
Daren,
That's pretty much what I pictured when I look at GE from your description but I thought you went around the peak to the west. That berm going across the middle of the Inner Pasture looks very interesting from the GE view you posted. Is it real noticable when you are there? Is it just the edge of the wash or something else?
David


That berm was definitely an interesting landmark. Down at the valley level it just looked like a big soft sandy hill, it was only after you climbed back out could you see it was just a berm. This link is a panorama shot from False Sombrero and you can see it way down in the valley:

http://sefcik.smugmug.com/Photography/Panoramas/16201833_YA53r#1228992998_rfXrp-O-LB
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