Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Saturday, January 31, 2009

Thermal vineyard


Instead of driving home yesterday on the freeway, I went my old route, which is near the vineyards in Thermal. This vineyard was irrigating the vines. It was eerily quiet there except for the gurgling of the water. Very peaceful. A nice way to end the work week, don't you think?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Art in the park!


Art in the Palm Desert park.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Archway view


This is looking out at Monterey Drive and Country Club, from the new medical office building on the corner. It's a very pretty building.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Watery Wednesday for January 28, 2009


This pretty fountain is at Marriott's Shadow Ridge. They don't always turn on their fountains, but they seem to have them on in the mornings. I stopped there one Saturday morning to take this picture. For other Watery Wednesday photos, please visit: http://waterywednesday.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Looking down at my world...My World Tuesday Jan 27, 2009


The city of Palm Desert, looking down from Highway 74 on a sunny Saturday afternoon in January. For other My World entries, please visit: http://showyourworld.blogspot.com/

Monday, January 26, 2009

Empty building: Where did they go?





I was shocked the other day to drive by this office building near Trader Joe's only to REALLY take a look at it and see that three offices were no longer there! Where did they go? More signs of the times. Very sad. I walked around this beautiful, empty building. What stories could it tell?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Scenic Sunday January 25, 2009



Scenic Sunday/January 25, 2009: That's a shot of Mt. San Jacinto taken from Shadow Ridge Resort in early morning light. You can still see the snow on the top of the mountain. It was a slightly cloudy morning, but I thought the sunlight on the mountain was quite pretty. For other Scenic Sunday photos, please visit:
http://scenicsunday.blogspot.com/ Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sign of the times...


"Available"...a sign of our current times. How sad.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Skywatch Friday, January 23, 2009


Can you see the moon above the rock? This rock and others are at the entrance to Palm Desert, up Highway 74, by the Santa Rosa Mountains visitor center. For other Skywatch Friday pics, please visit them at: http://skyley.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Longhorns! Camera Critters for January 21, 2009











Did you know there are longhorns up in our mountains? Well, I didn't! And, there sure are! Just look at them! Hubby and I discovered this herd as we were out for a Sunday drive, up by Cahuilla Mountain. Aren't they beautiful? I was a bit hesitant to get out of my cozy, comfy car to take a few photos and their horns were VVVVEEEEERRRRRRYYYYYY long, but they were actually curious and friendly! I hope to see them again!

For other animal photos, please visit Camera Critters at: http://camera-critters.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Flowers!




These pretty flowers were in the Vons parking lot on El Paseo and Highway 111. Aren't they cute? I love snapdragons!


Monday, January 19, 2009

Visitor center and Cuistot restaurant





































Sunday morning I awoke early and went to the Palm Desert visitor center. Cuistot restaurant is also nearby, so I strolled along the pathways. It was very pretty indeed! Lots of water fountains were there and there was a beautiful blue rock pathway. It was very relaxing. There was a half moon above and it was a warm Southern California desert morning. People were out walking...a good way to start the day! Enjoy the photos.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

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I stopped at the park after work one afternoon. Quite a few people were there and many were feeding the ducks. It's hard not to...even with the "Do not feed the ducks" signs! They come right up to you looking for a handout. The park is a great place to visit!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

early signs of spring: sweet acacia


This sweet acacia was in the visitor's center parking lot. LOOK at the blossoms! And, it smells wonderful!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Welcome!


Welcome to deserts and beyond, my main desert blog. I live in Palm Desert, but I'll be posting pics from there, Palm Springs, Indio, Thermal, Coachella, and other points in the Coachella Valley.

Welcome again!