Bighorn sheep herd 05/26/14

Bighorn sheep herd 05/26/14
There were about a dozen bighorn sheep this date 052614 up on Highway 74, above Palm Desert, CA, and right above Deep Canyon.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Nice spot for a picnic lunch!




This was the last stop on our drive up to Big Bear last Sunday.  We stopped here for a picnic and I wandered out to take this last photo of the view of the flatland below. The picnic area was FULL of woodpeckers and we could hear and see them!  Unfortunately, there was smog that day and this is all I could see.  Those are the mountains near Highland and San Bernardino below.  Ugh.  We honestly didn't want to drive through that, but we had to get home!  I've seen it worse, however, and it wasn't that bad (the smog).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How low is Baldwin Lake?




So, just how LOW is Baldwin Lake (next to Big Bear Lake)?  I think these photos tell the story.  I've NEVER seen the lake so low.  What lake, you ask?  There really isn't much left...sigh...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Oak leaves

Beautiful oak leaves near Jenks Lake, San Gorgonio mountain.  San Gorgonio mountain is also called "Old Grayback" and it is the highest mountain in Southern California, at 11,490 feet.  Apparently one can see it from the summit of Mt. Whitney, which is 190 miles away!  It is part of the San Bernardino mountains and its snow melts and runs into the Whitewater River and channel, which feeds the aquifer of the Coachella Valley.  It overlooks both Redlands and the city of San Bernardino and it is easily visible from the Coachella Valley.  In fact, I see it every morning when I drive to work.  The Whitewater Preserve is at the base of it and we will travel up there to see the fall leaves soon.






Sunday, October 19, 2014

Now, HERE are a couple of signs you don't want to see!

We stopped for a "potty stop" up by Jenks Lake, since my philosophy is to never ignore a chance to make a pit stop when you can!  I saw these signs outside the vault toilets...

 Great, eh?

We took a drive to Big Bear Lake today!

I was feeling much better this morning after my sore throat of yesterday, but hubby was a bit down.  However, we loaded ourselves into the car and were off by 9:15 a.m.  We stopped at Whole Foods for a couple of sandwiches (which turned out to be HORRIBLE!!!   :-(   We will NEVER buy another one there again!!!

We headed up through Oak Glen, but the road was so packed with cars we didn't even stop!  It's APPLE SEASON up there and the crowds are horrible.

So, up Highway 38 we headed toward Jenks Lake.  The lake was closed.  We never even saw it.

Instead, we focused on the beautiful oaks and even the ferns which were turning yellow and brown.

...to be continued...


Thursday, October 16, 2014

More desert fences~Good Fences~October 17, 2014

More interesting fences from the Living Desert Reserve in Palm Desert, CA.  Good Fences for Friday, October 17, 2014.  No, the lion isn't real.  That's where they are planning on putting the lion exhibit sometime in the future!!!   To visit Good Fences, please go to:   http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.com/


Thursday catch-up

California quail
Chuckawalla lizard...common to our deserts.

Beautiful desert willow blossoms.  I have a young one out in our front yard.
I just thought I'd post a few photos that I haven't posted yet from last Sunday's visit to the Living Desert Reserve.  One can always find something interesting there!  And, if you go in the early morning, it isn't too hot, although by 10:00 last Sunday, it was HOT!  I love all the animals and plants there!