Here we see Joshua Trees along the roadside.  These hardy desert plants are seen quite often in southern Nevada.

 

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With only one way to go on the loop road, we drove the second half of the loop and saw this scenery.

 

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Wide open country with a big blue sky above.

 

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These formations, often called “fins”, can be seen in many areas in the Southwest US.  Very large fins can be viewed in the national parks of Utah.

 

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Rocky outcrops seen in the western section of the conservation area.

 

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Another scene.

 

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Completing the loop returns us to the entrance and Visitor Center area.

 

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Another shot.

 

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Walking in to the Visitor Center, we see this rock.

 

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The Visitor Center building that houses exhibits and a gift/souvenir shop.

 

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There had been a sign on the loop road that warned of tortoises crossing the road.  They may be active in the warmer months of the year and we did not see any on or near the road.

 

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Outside of the park area, as we drove along the highway to the west we saw these fins in the distance.

 

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A sign along the highway.

 

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Retracing our steps so to speak, we drove east along the highway and arrived at the far side of the areas that were shown in part one of this photo essay.  It was not fully clear where the national conservation area ended and private property began.  We drove along paved streets and near to private homes as we viewed this scenery.

 

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Looking to the west in this view.  Earlier, we had been looking east on the other side of these rocky areas.  Although it is only a little past 2 in the afternoon, the low, late autumn sun gave way to lengthening shadows in some areas.

 

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A different view of a nearby area.

 

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A closer view of the rock wall seen a few images back.

 

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A parking area for hiking trails.  Sky, colorful rock and shadow combine for an interesting image.

 

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We prepare to take a short walk.

 

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The hiking area is mostly in shadow at about half past 2 in the afternoon.

 

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Another view looking back to the parking area.  Note the sharp boundary between light and shadow in this image.

 

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On the trail, we see autumn colored leaves in the desert southwest.  The temperature that day was about 52 or 53 degrees.

 

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Heading back to the parking area after a short walk, we see this scene.

 

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On the main highway, we captured these last 2 pics.

 

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A closer view.

 

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