Search under way for hiker missing in Joshua Tree NP 7/14

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Re: Search under way for hiker missing in Joshua Tree NP 7/1

Postby Perry » Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:52 pm

I went out there today and filled in some gaps of areas that had not been searched. Found a few odd things. These are unrelated or probably unrelated to Mr. Miller's disappearance, but I'm curious what they are.

Mineral deposits? Scat? A fungus?
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Some kind of small animal skull. It was deep in some boulders.
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Arrangement of sticks? Deep zoom, and I held my hand steady on a rock. It's near the bottom of what looked like possibly a crevice.
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This burrowing owl was so still even as I approached. For a moment I was wondering if it was a toy that somebody had left. The camera had difficulty focusing because it was under a large boulder and it was early evening.
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Re: Search under way for hiker missing in Joshua Tree NP 7/1

Postby Myth » Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:33 pm

I've found that stuff in multiple places in JT and I'm still not sure what it is. There's some close-ups of what I've found at the end of this post: https://www.peregriff.com/wanderings/hi ... ctographs/

My best guess is scat. I haven't messed with it much when I found it, it looks gross, right?

Those sticks look like branches broken off and blown into the crevice. I'm not sure what fauna they're from but I've seen that sort in the Park before.

The burrowing owl is SUPER COOL!!! Squee.

It's getting to be cool enough to be out there again.
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Re: Search under way for hiker missing in Joshua Tree NP 7/1

Postby Perry » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:40 am

Those photos are impressive. I thought what I found was disgusting until I saw your photos which take it to a whole new level.
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Re: Search under way for hiker missing in Joshua Tree NP 7/1

Postby zippetydude » Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:23 am

That has to be the weirdest compliment I have ever come across.

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Re: Search under way for hiker missing in Joshua Tree NP 7/1

Postby Myth » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:37 pm

zip - :mrgreen:

That stuff was sooo gross though - the way it literally melted and oozed and re-solidified and had this shiny surface where it was fresher ( ? ) and was all dusty and lumpy in older spots - blegh.

I'm usually all for crawling into nooks and crannies looking for hidden things but that stuff turned me away for sure. That stuff was piled at least a foot high, maybe more. That's the biggest deposit I've seen in the Park. I've seen several smaller ones too.
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Re: Search under way for hiker missing in Joshua Tree NP 7/1

Postby sudha » Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:26 am

totally unrelated but those ear tufts mean that's not a burrowing owl. Probably a great horned owl, maybe even long eared?
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