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.






Sunday, October 20, 2013

Palm Desert park pond~Sunday Stills Challenge~102013

I know it's a stretch, but all I have here in town that even resembles a shoreline is our local park.  It is a very beautiful setting, however.  I often go there and take photos.  I see that the city has now installed pellet dispensers for duck food (25 cents a pop) and we are ONLY allowed to feed them the city's pellets...HA~And, no, the fisherman isn't real-he is a statue!  In fact, there are quite a few statutes in the park.  I went a couple of weeks ago because this weekend I'm exhausted.  Between fighting a sore throat and hyper kids, I haven't even gone outdoors for two days!  Maybe today I'll venture outside?  Sunday Stills Challenge, "shorelines" for October 20, 2013.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Lamp post, flowers, and sky~SkyWatch Friday~101813

I really do love the lamp posts down at our local park and as I was walking around there last weekend, I took this photo of one of them.  SkyWatch Friday for October 18, 2013.   To visit SWF, please go to:   http://skyley.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Aspen and fences~Friday's Fences~101813




Our local mountains are having their fall peak right now and last weekend I drove around Garner Valley.  Aren't the aspen gorgeous?  I can't wait to see them this weekend!  And, the white fence sets off their color!  Friday's Fences for October 18, 2013.  To visit Friday's Fences, please go to:   http://lifeaccordingtojanandjer.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Hummingbird at the Living Desert~Wild Bird Wednesday~101613


Last Friday, after an especially L-O-N-G week at school, I drove home, grabbed my camera, and headed up to the Living Desert Reserve for an afternoon walk.  I really needed some quiet time!  This little fella was buzzing around the flowers at the butterfly plant area and I hoped he would stick around long enough for me to click off a couple of photos of him.  And, he did!  Isn't he adorable?  Look at his little feet in the bottom photo!~  Wild Bird Wednesday for October 16, 2013.  To visit WBW, please go to:  http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ocotillo in the morning~SkyWatch Friday~101113

Ocotillo at the Living Desert Reserve in Palm Desert, CA.  I was there with my family for the members' breakfast.  It was delightful and we got to go into the park at 7:00 a.m.  SkyWatch Friday for October 11, 2013.  To visit SWF, please go to:   http://skyley.blogspot.com/

Fence and bicycle~Friday's Fences~101113

This little house and yard is just so relaxing.  I love to drive by it.  It is located up in Garner Valley, in the little community there.  So peaceful... Friday's Fences for October 11, 2013.  To visit FF, please go to:   http://lifeaccordingtojanandjer.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Internet issues now resolved (at least for now...)

We've been in Internet HE%%. We've had 2 techs out to fix the problem.  One was on the phone with his girlfriend the whole time and did NOTHING.  The second guy was here 5 minutes and then ran home to dinner.  In the meantime, our Internet has been cutting out.  I've had to reboot my desktop umpteen times a day, to the point that I was just too frustrated to even deal with it.  My husband thought I was nuts because HE could get a signal.  Well, my desktop is OLD and it runs slowly...I don't have the latest gadgets that he has.  I couldn't even post a photo on Facebook because the Internet connection would time out before I could get a photo posted!  That's BAD!  So, FINALLY yesterday the original tech came back (the one who had been on the phone)...I noticed this time (after a call to Time Warner) he wasn't on the phone and he actually installed a new modem (our other one heated up too fast) and checked the wires and GUESS WHAT?  He found that our signal is "intermittent".  Well, DUH!  BUT...a maintenance guy won't come out for 3 weeks.  SAY WHAT?  Another 3 weeks of this and I'll be completely nuts! (...pulling out hair...) At least we have it for a few days, right?

So, here are some pics from the last couple of weeks...We took both grandkids to the Living Desert Reserve on Saturday and wore out the little one.  She fell asleep at 4:00 p.m. and slept ALL NIGHT!  Our grandson always loves the miniature trains there and this time he enjoyed the Discovery Room, with his mom and dad!