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Canon EOS 350D Canon lens 49mm 1/800sec F/5,6 ISO-200
Location: Riverside County; 15 miles southeast of Indio, California, USA
Photo taken on April 11, 2009
Area Description: Small, narrow steep-walled canyons wind throughout the Mecca Hills Wilderness, creating a natural maze within this badlands labyrinth. Sandy washes divide this area and contain stands of ironwood, smoke tree and palo verde, while scattered stands of ocotillo grow on the gentler slopes and mesa tops. Uniquely faulted and folded geologic formations are the result of the San Andreas Fault, making the Mecca Hills one of the most unusual geological sites of its kind in the world. Entire regions expose eroded layers of rock, providing important information to scientists about the impact of earthquakes on the earth’s crust. Bighorn sheep have been observed crossing into the Mecca Hills from the Orocopia Mountains where they water. Prairie falcon, desert tortoise and spotted bat have also been seen here.

Mecca Hills Wilderness

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My Artist Name Jokus means, that my Art is signed with a Kiss (kus) from Me (Jo)
I live & work in The Netherlands and my passion is to go for long photo shoots in nature, the beauty on Mother Earth is so very wonderful and its a great pleasure to share it with you all.
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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Thanks Kathy for the kind comment!
    Warm Greetings, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • ienemien
    ienemienover 5 years ago

    WOW!!! This is sooo wonderful Joke!! Clear blue sky, nice dark shadows and lovely yellow stone colors… Super!! Hugs from ienemientje

  • Ja lieve Ienemientje, dit was so super, zo verschrikkelijk mooi om daar te zijn en om van alles te ontdekken, puur natuur!!! Dan voel je je pas klein als je tussen al die eeuwen oude rots wanden loopt!
    Kusje je Zusje ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 5 years ago

    Wonderful landscape Jokus!!! amazing formations!!! *-)

  • Thanks Deb for the comment, yes this is really so wonderful and its so difficult to capture these amazing rock formations! A great joy hiking between the rocks!
    Warm Greetings, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 5 years ago

    Beautiful light and composition, well done Joke!!

  • Thanks Marvin for the great comment, I had a super time to explore the Mecca Wilderness its an amazing place!
    Warm Greetings, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Great capture

  • Thanks Kelly for the kind comment!
    Warm Greetings, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Kimberley  x ♥ Davitt
    Kimberley x ♥...over 5 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic

  • Thank you so much Kim for the kind comment, so glad you love this!!!
    Warm Greetings, Jokus ;-)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

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