So it was with especial pleasure that I saw President Obama sign the bill into law that sets aside an additional 2,000,000 acres in states all across the country. I know how some view this-- save nothing and use it all today; but thank goodness there are those (and many were Republicans) who worked to extend our protected lands. It had been 15 years since anything had been set aside; and for some parks with garish development encroaching on their borders, it's too late but we should save what we can.
This was my first time to drive through the heart of Death Valley although I had been at one corner of it. I was in awe of the interesting rock formations, the varying colors from all the mineralization, the beauty from the tiniest wildflowers to the highest cliffs. I definitely want to return to spend more time hiking some of its trails.
The coyote was right on the road, and only one thing kept him from getting a cookie from me-- the sign on the admittance sticker with an image of a hand feeding a coyote and a big X through it. Obviously Death Valley coyotes have learned to milk the system. He had his act down well as he looked so hungry and cute.
This dainty little flower is the Desert Five-Spot according to research I did after I got to Tucson. You'd think someone would have come up with a more beautiful name for such a lovely little flower.