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THE MOORTEN BOTANICAL GARDENS

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.

Duh.

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

 

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MCCALLUM GROVE AND CRITTERS

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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COACHELLA VALLEY PRESERVE

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

 

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PALM SPRINGS – HOT AND HUMID

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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FALLING WATER AND HUMMING BIRDS

On New Year’s Day we went to Tahquitz Canyon in Palm Springs. Here are some pictures:

The mouth of Tahquitz Canyon.

Shadows on the canyon wall.

Jagged crests of the canyon walls.

Pretty canyon walls.

Canyon floor, looking like more "Moon Country."

Part of the path we were on, a very rocky bit.

The Tahquitz river at the mouth of the canyon.

A very blue bit of the river.

River looking down the canyon.

River looking up the canyon.

River with a big rock in it.

Part of an old Native American irrigation system from about 150 years ago.

A California Red Barrel Cactus.

Beavertail Cactus.

A tiny plant growing in a crack on the rock, possibly white sage.

An old grinding stone.

A Costa hummingbird sitting. There were TONS of hummingbirds in this canyon. You could hear their little twitterings all over.

A hummingbird flying. They like the Chuparosa flowers.

The waterfall at the back of the canyon, about a mile in.

We thought the boulder at the base of the waterfall looked like a snake's head.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in animals, fun, nature, outings, photography, travel

 

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PALM TREES AND MOON COUNTRY

For New Year’s Eve Hubby and I went to Palm Springs. On 12/31, we went to the Coachella Valley Preserve, which has marshy areas and palm tree groves, a real oasis in the desert. Here are some pics.

A lonely poofy cloud over the freeway, somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

This toilet seat cover rotates so you sit on a sanitized toilet every time! I love technology!

This is one of the bridges through the palm grove. The palms grow close together so it's very dense.

A stump of a palm in the middle of other palms.

Palm leaves intertwining. I think palms in Los Angeles would do this too but gardeners trim off the dried up leaves leaving only the green on top.

Baby tree amidst grownup trees.

Looking straight up.

A bird living in the palms, still not sure what kind it is.

Raccoon prints!

McCallum's Pond at the oasis, very high saline content. Crystal clear.

Walking away from the groves into "Moon Country."

A Vista Point!! In honor of my dad who could never pass by a good vista without taking at least 20 photos.

A bit of "moon country," the Coachella Valley desert.

More desert. Since it is winter it was in the 50's. We hiked for 2 hours, which we wouldn't have been able to do in the summer.

Snow!! But so far away...

 

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in adventure, fun, husband, me, nature, outings, photography, travel

 

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