Tuesday, April 24, 2007

(These pics were taken by my nephew) He captured the blue and dark skies really nicely and also some pics of vegas at night and also one of the Joshua tree. It is supposed to be one of the oldest trees on the planet.

It was about to rain and we could see the dark skies on one side and blue skies on the other side.It was an awesome sight.

Here the skies are getting really dark

I think we can see the rain falling in the distance

Blue skies after the rain.

Joshua trees (and most other yuccas) rely on the female Pronuba Moth (Tegeticula) for pollination. No other animal visiting the blooms transfers the pollen from one flower to another. In fact, the female Yucca Moth has evolved special organs to collect and distribute the pollen onto the surface of the flower. She then lays her eggs in the flowers' ovaries, and when the larvae hatch, they feed on the yucca seeds.

Without the moth's pollination, the Joshua Tree could not reproduce, nor could the moth, whose larvae would have no seeds to eat. Although an old Joshua Trees can sprout new plants from its roots, only the seeds produced in pollinated flowers can scatter far enough to establish a new stand.

Mormon pioneers are said to have named this species "Joshua" Tree because it mimicked the Old Testament prophet Joshua waving them, with upraised arms, on toward the promised land. This unique species grows abundantly at Joshua Tree National Park in California and Joshua Forest Parkway in Western Arizona.


Aditi 7:50 PM  

ahh sounds like a fun trip... hope your sister is better?

deepsat 10:19 PM  

nice pics!!! great to see you back!!


priya 2:32 AM  

Just beautiful starry!!! Always love watching those beautiful skies. Hope you had a wonderful time out ther.

Asha 4:47 AM  

We have been to Las Vegas.That city NEVER sleeps ,does it?Dazzling all the time.I don't think I can take it more than 3 days!:P

Pics are great.

starry nights 7:29 AM  

Thanks aditi. it was a fun trip. my sister is doing better and sees the oncologist next week.please continue to keep her in your prayers.

starry nights 7:29 AM  


starry nights 7:30 AM  

Priya.thanks I did. I can never have enough of thse beautiful skies.

starry nights 7:31 AM  

Asha..yes it is a city that never sleeps. I did not go around too much because of my back, but still had a good time.my first out of state trip in three years.so it was good just to be out.

Lisa Francisco 7:45 AM  

Hi Chica!!!!

How have you been?! I hope well and your sister too... How is life treating you? I take it good since you went to Vegas and had the chance to actually experience the beauty of nature in the desert.

Beautiful pics!

Make sure you stay connected to the blogworld!



Sanjay 8:09 AM  

Yay! You finally made it to Vegas. How is your back healing? And your sis, is she doing well?

Neihal 8:46 AM  

How are you doing Starry, and Hope your sis is allright now. :)

polona 9:58 AM  

beautiful pictures and interesting info about the joshua tree.

welcome back :)

brute 10:20 AM  

nice pics :)

starry nights 10:57 AM  

Lisa yes it is nice to be back. my sister is doing well after her mastectomy.she sees an oncologist soon. my back is getting there slowly.

starry nights 10:59 AM  

Sanjay..my sister is doing better.the first part of her treatment is over that is the surgery.she has to meet with the oncologist next week.Yes I finally made it to vegas.The last time I was ther was in 2002. My back is better but still have a lot of sciatic pain.have to have a few more tests done to see what the problem is.But on the whole I am better.How are you doing?

starry nights 11:00 AM  

Neihal..thanks for asking.I am doing better.My isister is doing well post-op but needs to see the oncologist to get started with the second part of her treatment.please do remember her in your prayers.

starry nights 11:01 AM  

Polona..thank you and its good to be back.

starry nights 11:02 AM  

Brute..thank you.I especially like the one of the skies.a nice contrast between dark and blue skies.

Alapana 11:13 AM  

Welcome back,good to know that you had great time:) Beautiful pictures.

Mystic Rose 2:30 PM  

so nice to have you back.. hope everyhting is going well for you and your sister..

these pics are awesome! esp.. the cloud ones.. could almost feel being there.. :)

glad you had fun in vegas.

and intersting abou the joshua trees and the yucca moth. nature is just so inspiringly amazing!!

Shionge 4:58 PM  

What can I say except to welcome you back Ms. Starry and you have been missed.

Love all the lovely pics coz you certainly brought back fond memories for me :D

Kai C. 5:05 PM  

thanks for sharing with us!

RefleXtion 5:59 PM  

woah!!! I did'nt know that about Joshua trees! Great I learnt something new, thanks!

Blessed 7:16 PM  

Those pics were so awesome.
Makes me wanna go.
How are you feeling?

Also, is it true,
what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?

Neihal 10:12 PM  

Dont worry Starry, she will be perfectly allright. My best wishes for her speedy recovery. You too take care :)

Keshi 10:41 PM  

WB Starry!

Lovely pics..I love the Highway pics and the Cloud ones. WOW!

Im sure u had a beautiful break. Looks like it!


Andrew The Asshole 11:10 PM  

The Pics are hot!! I've never been to vegas but the pics make me want to go

divya 7:11 AM  

hey..nice pictures..

starry nights 7:47 AM  


starry nights 7:48 AM  

Mystic rose..thanks and it is good to be back.Nature is amazing, something to be learned each and every day.My husband loves these Joshua trees he says it looks like they are from another planet.

starry nights 7:49 AM  

Keshi..thanks.It is good to be back. I liked the pics of the cloudy skies and the rain falling in the distance.By the time we reached that point the rain had stopped and we saw sunny skies.

starry nights 7:50 AM  

Shionge..thanks.It is good to be back.

starry nights 7:50 AM  

Kai..thank you. I missed you guys.

starry nights 7:51 AM  

Reflexation..Yes you see many Joshua trees on the way to Vegas.It is an interesting plant, almost looks Alien.

starry nights 7:52 AM  

Blessed..Thanks.yes what happens in Vegas must stay in vegas. we did have a good time.

starry nights 7:52 AM  

Neihal..thank you for your prayers and kind thoughts.

starry nights 7:54 AM  

Andrew..welcome to my blog and please do stop by again.You should visit vegas there is a lot of fun things to see.

starry nights 7:55 AM  


Mr. J 9:56 AM  

Vegas :( The trip I lost out on.

Pics are quite nice.. so tell me did you visit any casinos and did you wager?? Won anything??

Id it is 12:28 PM  

Glad to see you back!
The pictures say it all; you had some good down time!
"Joshua Tree', had no idea that was what it is called; an apt name though.

mathew 2:08 PM  

splendid snaps..just got that urge to do gambling there..!! ;-P

nice to see u back!!

Ashley 7:08 PM  

I envy that you got to take a vacation! Looks like fun!! Take care...!

Dh@v@! 9:32 PM  

Gr8 snaps... looks like u had real fun....

hillgrandmom 2:58 AM  

Hope your back is healing and your sister's trip to the oncologist was ok. Lovely pics of the approaching rain and the joshua trees.

Suji 6:52 AM  

Good to see you back. Great pics, especially the cloud n sky ones. Hope ur back didn't trouble u during the trip.

Cyberkitty 8:55 AM  

Awsome pictures .... btw, did u win anything in vegas ??

trinitystar 9:08 AM  

It certainly looks like a wow! place to visit ... the photographs are awesome. Love the moody clouds.

I am so pleased to hear that your sister is doing well. Prayers and hugs.
Have a wonderful weekend.
What did your relatives think of Vegas?

mommyof2 11:15 AM  

Beautiful pictures:-)We went there before kids too:-)Did you go to grand canyon? beautiful:-)

Orchid 5:42 PM  

good to see you back, good to know that you took a trip to Vegas...that must've been fun. Also, good to hear your sister's operation went well.

starry nights 7:47 PM  

Mr J..what happens in vegas stays in vegas but I will tell you.I visited a few casino's did not win anything but then I don't gamble too much. My back is just getting better so could not go to too many casinos.

starry nights 7:49 PM  

ID IT IS..yes it was fun.did not win anything in vegas but the idea was to take a break.All along the way to vegas you see these Joshua trees. "J" always says they look like they are from another planet.

starry nights 7:49 PM  

Mathew..thanks. You should make a trip to vegas.It is a fun place.

starry nights 7:50 PM  

dh@v@..thanks I had a lot of un.

starry nights 7:51 PM  

Ashley..thanks.I had a good time.

starry nights 7:52 PM  

Hillgrandmom..yes I am doing better. My sister sees the oncologest next week.please keep her in your prayers.

starry nights 7:53 PM  

Suji..thanks.Yeah I think those pics of the cloudy skies with the rainfall in the distance was awesome.I had a whole back seat to myself so I could lie down when my back hurt, so it was not too bad.

starry nights 7:54 PM  

Cyberkitty..Thanks and No I did not win anything. Just had fun gambling a little bit.

starry nights 7:56 PM  

Trinity star..Vegas is a fun place and is very family oriend now so it was fun.My family who was visiting from India thought it was awesome, the kids had a lot of fun too.They did not gamble but just liked visiting all the different hotels and the shows and stuff.

starry nights 7:57 PM  

mommyof2..I visited the grand canyon in 2002.we wanted to do it this time but felt it would be too much for me since I am still recovering from my surgery.

starry nights 7:58 PM  

Orchid..Thanks.I had a good time. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. My sisters surgery went well.she sees the oncologist next week.will keep you updated.

adi 1:39 AM  

beautiful pics starry
waiting for ur next post
and, hope ur sister is better now...
pls do keep updating

pRicky 8:00 AM  

Brilliant pics starry!!!
Awesome stuff
what camera was it?
and the bit about the joshua tree...
I had forgotten my bio...
many thanks

Margie 2:39 PM  

Hi Starry
I have a few minutes to spare, so am popping in to say "hi"
Great pics from Vegas...what a place, huh?
I have not been there in a while...
So, you had a good time there...that is great!

I'm not on the internet much these days, or my blog either....
Life is very busy for me now, but it's a wonderful time too.
My son will graduate from high school May 232rd....I'm happy and sad too...as he'll be leaving home for college....but, staying in Colorado...so, I'm happy about that.

I think about you Starry, and keep you and your sister in my prayers!

Take care now!

P.S Thanks for your visit.
I might post a picture of me and Puppy Jake soon...he is sooooo adorable!

Ghost Particle 7:15 AM  

excellent travel photos. Almost all my travel buddies to the states take joshua tree snaps.

Dotm 9:19 AM  

Your Nephew takes great pictures.
I enjoyed learning about the Joshua Tree.
I remember the pain that goes with the sciatic nerve and hope you are feeling lots better.
Wishing your sister all the best .

starry nights 11:47 AM  

Adi..thanks and good to see you around.Have been rather busy with all sorts of things going on so have not had time to post anything.But I will.take care and Hello to dee.

starry nights 11:48 AM  

Ghost particle..thanks and yes the Joshua tree gets quite a few heads rolling,It is kind of unique.

starry nights 11:49 AM  

pricky..thanks.I think he used a Figi camera with a backlight and image stabilization , these pictures were taken from the car.

starry nights 11:51 AM  

Hi margie..hope all is well. do stop by sometime.I know it is difficult when you are busy.Good to know your son is graduationg and know how it feels when the kids leave home.It is hard to adjust in the beginning.The house gets very lonely but at the same time gives yu a lot of free time to pursue other interests and hobbies.wpould love to see a picture of Jake.

starry nights 11:52 AM  

DotM..thanks.I think he took some awesome pictures too.Have you been to Vegas.

Daniel & Anu 9:28 AM  

Really beautiful pics! I'm glad you had a good time in Vegas!

starry nights 10:36 AM  

Anu&Dan..thank you.I did have a good time.How are you guys doing?

Mumbai Guy 7:27 PM  

Joshua - Isnt that name famous all over?

Fuzzylogic 8:00 AM  

Wow,those road pics really stand out!never been to vegas but it certainly is in the" to see "list:)Hope your sister is doing fine starry.

starry nights 9:10 AM  

Mumbai Guy. yes it is a famous name.How are you.

starry nights 9:12 AM  

Fuzzy logic..My sister is doing better, waiting to see her oncologist.thank you for asking and remembering her in your prayers. Those pics are really nice.It was awesome to see the rain in the distance.You should make a trip to Vegas, it is fun.

Jeevan 8:32 AM  

Very beautiful photos!! The skyes and buildings are awesome... your nephew done well.
info about Joshua trees is very nice and different too.

arvindh 10:01 AM  

you got some great shots here!

Lotus Reads 7:51 AM  

I can see your nephew has a great eye for a picture...they are beautiful. Thank you for sharing and thank you to him for taking such nice pictures!

The band U2 had an album which they called "The Joshua Tree" and that first got me interested in this tree, but I didn't know how important the Pronuba moth was to it! I found your write-up interesting.

Thanks, Starry!

Shiva 10:32 PM  


Nice pictures and nice to know that you had a good time in Vegas.

Good info on Joshua Tree.

Nabeel 3:44 PM  

wow @ tornado pics .. what a set of powerful clouds.

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