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    Posted March 17, 2014 by
    KatieJune
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    Yucca Valley, California
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    California Desert Boulder Formations

     

    Our town is surrounded by beautiful mountains with Joshua Tree National Park included on the south side.
    Our home sits on the top of a mountain at the NW side of town where we have a great 360 view.
    I have always been amazed at the wonderful Big Boulder formations sprinkled all over these mountains.  They are stacked, tumbled, layered & at the mercy of the Heat, Cold, Wind & Earth Quakes of this area.

    The cracks, caves & shade offered by these big rocks provide homes & shelter for birds as well as many other desert dwellers.

    The local Red Tail Hawk, Falcon, large Black Birds & many other local birds make their nests in these boulders.  The last photograph shows the area where I most often see the Red Tail Hawk hanging around. The canyon winds are great for them to soar & float around above the canyon. I'm still trying to get a good video of all of them hanging out & enjoying the winds above our canyon.
    I was sitting on the patio yesterday in this Summer-like weather & decided to take a few photos of these beautiful boulders. I have zoomed in so that you can see the interesting stacks & layers that have been changed by the heat, cold & Earth Quakes.

    The last photograph shows the mountain top area where I most often see the Red Tail Hawk hanging out so I think that is their nest area.
    I think they are fascinating & hope you enjoy them.

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