McCallum Grove is part of the Coachella Valley Preserve. It has a spring which provides water year-round to this desert environment.
Little fish (pupfish?) that live in the pond, and are an endangered species because they are only found in a few habitats.
The pond is in this picture, it's just very lush around it.
Here is almost the exact same shot taken on December 31st, 2010. The grass is a lot higher now after the winter and spring rains.
A sand dune with animal tracks going across it.
A blue dragonfly, although the vibrant blue didn't show up well in the photo.
A lovely red dragonfly.
A little brown lizard, not exactly sure what kind.
This is a male zebra-tailed lizard. Look at the nice stripes on his tail!
You can just see the bright blue and yellow on his belly. And that's not his tongue, I think he has a bit of red leaf or something stuck near his mouth.
I think this may be a red-shouldered hawk.
Another shot of the same hawk.