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.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
This shot was taken through the remains of a huge, old cottonwood tree that was broken and hollowed out. I love how the one open space focuses your eye on the blue, blue sky. And looking closer at the interior of the tree to see its structural beauty.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
We went on a docent led hike to the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve up in the mountains to the north of the Coachella Valley. This is another area where you can see a great range of both geologic change and landscape. This hike follows another part of the North American plate faults (like the San Andreas which we visited a couple of weeks ago). Here it plays out in a different way. The two types of stone here represent stone that is 4 billion years old on the left and the "new" stone, only 133 million years old, on the right. The stone on the right was molten plasma when it worked it's way up thorugh the crack caused by the fault. It's so interesting to see how our world was shaped up close and personal like this. How clear it all seems when someone shows you what to look for. And it certainly makes you gain some perspective on the passage of time - our time here is so puny in comparison.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
A walk at the Coachella Nature Preserve yesterday takes us through such a vairety of landscape. From a cool oasis with a pond !!! to waving field of grass and up into the rocky foothills. All in one walk. I am constantly amazed at how much variety there is in a landscape that, at first glance, seems unchanging and vast. It's all in looking closer.