Solbit Dragged Along In Search of Desert Greenery

Dear Nicalai,

Nona and Papa went hiking to see greenery in the desert here, but I knew that deserts aren’t green, so my goal was just to see the trees that are named for Uncle Joshua and find out what a Palm Oasis looks like.

Papa drove us to a place called Joshua Tree National Park. It is big. You can drive miles and miles in there. We stopped to hike at Barker Dam. That’s where I got up close to a Joshua Tree for the first time.

I have to disappoint you. The tree was named long before Uncle Joshua was even born, so they’re not named for him.

I have to disappoint you. The tree was named long before Uncle Joshua was even born, so they’re not named for him.

Well, even if Joshua trees came before Uncle Joshua, they do have the stubble look just like him. They’re kind of skinny like him too, don’t you think?

One of the reasons to like Joshua Trees is that they make really interesting shadows.

One of the reasons to like Joshua Trees is that they make really interesting shadows.

On another day, Papa drove us to the Coachella Valley Preserve.  Not preserve as in jam or jelly but a place to protect and preserve wildlife and plants. It has 20,000 acres!  They say that, if you come here, you can see what “The Old West” looked like.

The desert is so dry but right there in the middle of all that dry is a green patch, that’s the Oasis.

The desert is so dry but right there in the middle of all that dry is a green patch, that’s the Oasis.

The Oasis gets water mostly from underground. That’s where the California Fan Palms gather to drink water.  Looks like they’ve been drinking a lot.

Nona takes her camera everywhere we go, and she never has trouble finding something interesting for a picture.  I’m trying to learn from her.  She says I’m a good student.

Nona takes her camera everywhere we go, and she never has trouble finding something interesting for a picture.  I’m trying to learn from her.  She says I’m a good student.

Speaking of things to take pictures of reminds me, next time I’m going to show you some of my wood photos.  Sounds boring, huh?  Wait and see.  Bye.

I’m your friend.

Love,

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Solbit

January 2016

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

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