Friday, February 24, 2017

Mindful, Day 54, Just in Time to be Too Late

The desert flowers are getting ready to bloom...right after we leave in 5 days.  It's been fun to watch things develop but the real outburst will begin in March and it should be spectacular this year because of the rains - more rain this year then the last 4 years we have come to the desert. Mountainsides are green, grass growing where you least expect it and the wildflowers and buds on cactus and trees getting ready to open. What a beautiful sight.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mindful, Day 53, Along the Way



 

Hiking yesterday I come across yet another little cairn. I never know what I will find along the way. Why make this one in this space? Nothing specific about the area it was in that would call to you. Maybe just stopping to talk or rest and keep hands busy? This one reminded me of a little snowman, something I don't want to think about as we head back to the cold and snow (most likely) in the not too distant future.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MIndful, Day 52,Going in Circles

We are off today to take a bus tour as part of Modernism Week in Palm Springs. It will be fun to see some more of the  mid-century modern architecture with a guide. This photo is definitely NOT a mid-century modern construction but I like all the overlapping lines, circles and shadows creating secondary images. I like when happenstance creates imagery.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mindful, Day 51, Challenge


Yesterday I met a personal challenge for our time in Palm Desert this year. I hiked the entire length of the Art Smith Trail which turned out to be about 15 miles when I was expecting about 11.  A slight miscalculations on the length estimate by the ranger at the Visitor Center. I have been doing longer and longer hikes to get ready but this was the last day to fit in such a long hike.  I wanted to leave early but we were entirely encased in fog until about 11 am.  As I went up and over and around the mountains between Palm Desert and Cathedral City I got high enough that the air was still white and full of moisture. These are photos from near the end of the hike in an area that leads to Cathedral Canyon - aptly named on this day. After about the first 4-5 miles I was totally alone - did not see any more hikers but, thankfully, at one point some mountain bikers came through from the other end and I could check that I was still on the right trail to the right end. Just kept breathing and putting one foot in front of the other for a total of 33.6 thousand steps. Worth every single one.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mindful, Day 50, All Buttoned Up


On this cool and rainy day in our warm and sunny desert I feel the need to put on a shirt and button up. We are leaving here in just over a week so every day of sun and warmth becomes more precious and I am busy absorbing all the beauty around  me. Everyone here is anticipating a bounty of desert flowers in March which would be wonderful to see. The hills which have been beige for so long are green, there is grass growing in unexpected places. I have even seen some puddles! Amazing.



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mindful, Day 49, Sidewalk Calligraphy


Walking to the farmers market I see lots of interesting "arrangements" of leaf fall on the sidewalk. Here is what I did with it and more explorations to follow.  I never know where these things might go but I love the journey.




Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mindful, Day 48, Another Barbershop

We took a drive up to the marine base in Twenty Nine Palms so Larry could check it out and get prescriptions filled. Twenty Nine Palms is not a large town but it seems to have more than enough barbershops. This one made me laugh. Sad to say that "Another Barbershop" was no longer in business. But worth a try and definitely a laugh.