Another iconic landscape: Horseshoe Bend in the neighbourhood of Page.
Almost 95 % of the pictures taken from this bend in the Colorado-river are taken from the same spot ( 20 / 30 meters area). There's one (apart from wide-angle lens usage and time of the day) differentiator: how close to the edge you want to put your tripod. I must admit I didn't put anything at risk here. Some (3) watchdogs in the neighbourhood were closely monitoring my movements here. Others (no photographers) were at the same time taking 'non-calculated' risks. Crazy what people sometimes dare to impress.
One of our last stops in our US trip was 29 Palms and the nearby Joshua Tree National Park.This park lies at the edge of the Colorado and Mojave deserts, and has vegetation and scenery representative of both. A very intriguing ecosystem comes with it.
The Joshua Trees are present in one part of the park.
At Keys View, an outlook into the San Andreas Fault is astonishing.
Boulders are other typical elements, which shape the landscape.
Some look like a skull.
At night the desert starts to live. No milky way however when we were chasing foxes and desert rodents.
Another spot that is somewhat iconic. All of a sudden, while driving miles and miles in the Mojave desert, an old tank station to the right and parts of an old railway services building pop up: Rice.
An airfield/airport/airstrip was part of the location, but nothing remains, unless some scars in the sand only visible from high above. (I didn't have the info when passing by. Otherwise I would have done some more exploration: a pity).
Some sources on the internet, mention Rice as an alternative test site for nuclear bombs during the cold-war: why am I not surprized ?