A photo collection depicting some of the aspects of my work here in the Mojave Desert. Pictures were taken around Ft. Irwin, near Barstow, CA, and east of Las Vegas.
A tortoise in his burrow. You can see the radio transmitter on his carapace.
This is my friend Rob performing the "tortoise tap". He is trying to tap on the tortoise's shell with the tape measure so that it comes out of the burrow. Besides tracking tortoises by their radio transmitted signal, we spend a lot of our time fruitlessly trying to get them out of the burrows this way.
Perfect tortoise footprint.
We found these tortoises right after they had finished mating.
A black tailed jackrabbit that I was very close to!
The strange and sharp Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia). They are the closest to trees out here. I would call this a joshua tree forest. I miss real trees so much.
Very sharp. I try hard not to trip and fall onto joshua trees.