Optical equipment is not generally viewed as safety or emergency equipment.
Binoculars and spotting scopes can be used in conjunction with one another, but it is best to have both.
Quality binoculars, even if in small magnification can be helpful in identifying objects from a safe distance.
Tricks to getting the most from your binoculars
A good set of binoculars can make a tremendous difference in the way you experience the desert even if you're with a group of people that have a very large presence in the environment.
This subject is rarely discussed and is often overlooked by many who walked the desert. However, the right optics can bestow superhuman powers on almost any one.
While it seems it was a long time ago, I remember it well. It was sometime in August, early in the morning and it was already getting hot. When I left my home in Barstow to go out riding on my brand-new motorcycle, my wife did not ask where I was going because she knew that I didn't know or care. So before long I found myself gassing up in Lucerne Valley where I decided to ride to Newberry.
The Joshua tree like all plants can teach us a lot about the environment that they inhabit, so we must understand the mechanism of each plant to understand them and their environment.
This story’s title is a little piece of folk wisdom my mother would recite whenever my brother and I would act up. Its literal meaning – to take on the persona of the rooster – is a characteristic that holds true in many of nature’s relationships.
The desert Bighorn Sheep are one of the very unique species that we have in the Mojave Desert. They’re the desert's largest inhabitants, but there is much more to the species than just their size. If you have been fortunate enough to witness a large ram scurry up a an impassable mountain side, then you know what I mean.

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