Monthly Archives: July 2011
We spotted this adorable desert cottontail rabbit at the Moorten Botanical Gardens. SO CUTE!!
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.
McCallum Grove is part of the Coachella Valley Preserve. It has a spring which provides water year-round to this desert environment.
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.
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.
Compare the above photo with this photo that I took in the same area on December 31st of 2010.
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: