Monthly Archives: July 2011


This is the family home. I'm not sure if the family still lives there. I know on the second floor there's a room for brides at weddings.


More of the house and lawn.

I just really liked this wagon wheel and the colors on the bolt.

A dinosaur footprint!

Fossilized seashells in rock.

I think these might be quartz.

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Posted by on July 9, 2011 in nature, outings




Last night I spotted this insect in the stairwell of my apartment building. It was about 3 or 4 inches long, and pale yellow. I think it’s a praying mantis but I’m not sure. I’ve never seen any bug like this out in nature before.

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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in bugs, nature


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We spotted this adorable desert cottontail rabbit at the Moorten Botanical Gardens. SO CUTE!!

This was my first glimpse of the bunny as he ran away from us.

Here is the bunny having a drink of water. His ears look scratched inside (aside from the red veins). I hope he doesn't have fleas.

He's so cute, sitting on the log to drink! It's like he's at a bar.

Here he is munching away on some plants.

He's so cute!!

We left him chillin' in the shade.

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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in animals, nature


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While in Palm Springs Hubby and I went to the Moorten Botanical Gardens for the first time. It’s very close to downtown Palm Springs, and if you’re a hipster, it’s walking distance from the Ace Hotel. The Moorten has a long history, and you should check out its website if you’re interested. They have desert plants from deserts all over the world, and also a “cactarium,” sort of like a cactus greenhouse. Here’s the cactarium.

This is the view as you walk into the cactarium.


Some of the cactuses grow horizontally along the ground.

A hanging cactus growing downwards!

Some cute small cactuses.



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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in nature, outings, photography




McCallum Grove is part of the Coachella Valley Preserve. It has a spring which provides water year-round to this desert environment.

McCallum's pond.

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.



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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in animals, nature


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On Sunday, before it got unbearably hot, Hubby and I went to see the California fan palm groves at the Coachella Valley Preserve. The California fan palm is the only native palm in the area. There is also the McCallum Oasis, a spring-fed pond. The colors seem off because the sky was a yucky shade of blech.

Here's the view from the parking lot.

Here is the sign near the entrance explaining the grove.

Here's the grove from a distance.

The dead fronds form "skirts" on the trees that animals can nest in.

Even though it is July, the river bed is still lush from winter and spring rains.

Compare the above photo with this photo that I took in the same area on December 31st of 2010.

The greenery was up past our heads in some spots.

I liked the poofy flowers on this plant.

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Posted by on July 5, 2011 in nature, outings




For the holiday weekend Hubby and I went to Palm Springs and stayed at my aunt’s condo. It was about one billion degrees outside, and very very humid, which was hard to adjust to. Saturday it gave me a headache, and Sunday Hubby was sick from it. But we still had fun. Here are the mountains near the condo:


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Posted by on July 5, 2011 in adventure, nature, outings


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