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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mindful, Day 47, Up Close

The Valentine tulips are opening up more and more each day. This morning the sun hit just the edges of the petals and they were glowing. The closer I looked the more I saw. Instead of the glowing pink there was a beautiful gradation in the center, the small thin white lines fading into the pink, the edges  like velvet. Several years ago I photographed an amarylis bulb each day as it went from a bud through the inevitable drying out and fading away.  A whole lifetime recorded. Each stage beautiful in its own way.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mindful, Day 46, Beautiful Blue

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

Mindful, Day 45, Time Passes

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

Mindful, Day 44, Infinite Variety

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.