The Dancer

The Dancer
Graceful dead tree up above Deep Canyon.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cahuilla Mountain~SkyWatch Friday 052810

I took a dirt road with the RAV one weekend and climbed toward the top of Cahuilla Mountain. Cahuilla Mountain is one of the most widely-reported spots in Southern California for UFO sightings. It is very remote and there aren't that many roads up it. You would need a 4-wheel drive to get to the top and someday I'll do that! SkyWatch Friday for May 28, 2010.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mountain pond~Watery Wednesday 052610







About a month ago I took a dirt road and continued up toward Cahuilla Mountain. I had never been on this road before, and, with the RAV, I was able to drive it easily. This pond was on one ranch and I stopped to admire it. It was so quiet and peaceful there! I will have to drive this road again and find more interesting things on it! Watery Wednesday for May 26, 2010.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cactus Garden~That's My World 052510


I went to the Living Desert, in Palm Desert, CA Saturday. My aunt wanted to buy some desert plants, so I was happy to show her around the park and the garden center. We arrived early in the morning and the shadows were large. This is looking down their cactus display. That's My World for Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Palo Verde blossoms~Mellow Yellow Monday 052310Palo


Palo Verde trees grow easily in our desert southwest. They are in bloom right now and dot the landscape. These do not grow in our local mountains, but are abundant across the desert. They are FULL of yellow flowers, which the bees enjoy. For some reason, they have been spectacular this Spring. Mellow Yellow Monday for May 23, 2010.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Tree~Shadow Shot Sunday 052210


Can you see the thorns in this shadow shot reflected on the tree? Shadow Shot Sunday for May 22, 2010

Landscapes~Sunday Stills Challenge 052210


A couple of weekends ago I travelled around the valley where I board my horses looking for the little yellow flowers that dotted the landscape. I also found this fence and the field beyond it. Sunday Stills Challenge for May 22, 2010.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sierra cabin~Weekend Reflections~May 22, 2010


When we visited the Sierras in February of this year, we drove up to North Lake and along the way we spotted this house with its big windows and reflection. Weekend Reflections for May 22, 2010.

Cotton candy cloud~SkyWatch Friday 052110


I took this photo one afternoon after I had gone up to work one of my horses in preparation for the farrier visit. Doesn't it look like a huge glob of cotton candy? SkyWatch Friday for May 21, 2010.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New road to explore~Nature Notes 052010


I live in the desert, near Palm Springs, but I board my 5 rescue horses up in our local mountains. So, every time I drive from the desert to the mountains, I pass through pinyon country. Sometimes I just pull off onto the dirt road, roll down my windows, and feel the cool air. I LOVE looking up at the mountains, like this one. This week, there was a slight breeze and I pulled over to hear it whisper through the pinyons. And, my heart rate lowers when I see views like this! I'm hoping our air conditioner works today as it will be 98 degrees down in the valley today. ACK! We try to live without a/c as long as we can, but yesterday was 98 degrees and the house didn't cool down at all last night. We both sat in our chairs with fans on and sweated. So, we may have to turn on the ole a/c today (...sad face...) Nature Notes for May 20, 2010. I won't be able to drive up the mountain today as I'm going to the retirement party for two teachers who are taking early retirement!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Old tree~Outdoor Wednesday 052010


I traveled down my favorite dirt road Tuesday afternoon after working my gelding in preparation for his farrier visit Wednesday. I usually take this road in the morning and I was intrigued by the difference in the shadows during the late afternoon. It was almost like a different locale. Outdoor Wednesday for May 20, 2010.

Pinyon scene~That's My World 051810


I had to drive back up the mountain road yesterday to work one of my horses. The farrier is coming tomorrow and I wanted to make sure my horse would stand quietly for me. He always does, but for the farrier~~that's another story! As I was driving back down the hill, late afternoon, I pulled off and drove down my favorite dirt road. I usually take this road in the morning and it was interesting to see how different it was in the late afternoon light! There was an afternoon breeze and I drove down the road and stopped to listen to it move through the pinyon trees. I'll be driving back up the mountain tomorrow afternoon and I'm hoping it will be another beautiful day! That's My World for Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cactus close up~Cactus Monday 051710




I found this cactus up in the mountains and got real close for a look. It is a cholla cactus. Sometimes bits of the cholla fall off and are picked up by an animal or human. I always wear my heavy-duty hiking boots when I'm out and around, just in case there is cholla. These blossoms are just ready to open. I'll have to go back and see how they are doing! Cactus Monday for April 17, 2010.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Scenic Sunday~Another Road~051610











This road is along Highway 74, which I take every weekend to visit my horses and work with them. I have passed it so many times with the CRV, but since I had the RAV, I pulled over and traveled down this road. It has a broad view of the Indian canyons of Palm Springs below and a great view of Mt. San Jacinto (with snow). There are many roads like this in our local mountains and now that I'm driving the RAV, I'll have plenty of other opportunities to take them! I love being on top of our local mountains and looking at the views! From our desert home, we look up at the mountains, so it is a completely different view to be up on them and look down! Scenic Sunday for May 16, 2010.

Friday, May 14, 2010

San Andreas fault zone~SkyWatch and Looking at the Sky on Friday 051410
















As I walked back from the oasis in Pushawalla Canyon, near Indio, CA, I stopped to admire the geological evidence all around me. This canyon runs right along the San Andreas fault and that is why the palms and water are there! I would like to return to the canyon sometime, but with my husband! He would enjoy seeing all of its beauty.
SkyWatch Friday and Looking at the Sky on Friday for May 14, 2010.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pushawalla Canyon~Nature Notes 051310











As I continued my hike into Pushawalla Canyon, I was amazed by the beauty there. You cannot see the canyon from the road. I've lived here in the desert over 30 years and I never knew this canyon was there! My cousin often rides her horses here (that's her on one of her horses), but until this Spring, I had never visited it. She kept telling me, "Oh, come on! I want to show you something else!" But, when we got to the running water, I turned back as I did not wish to wade through it! It's different when you are up on a horse and I wasn't on horseback. I enjoyed my visit to the hidden canyon and would like to go back sometime with my husband. It's always interesting to find an oasis like this one in the desert, but they are fairly common here. The reason they are so common is that they occur along our fault lines. The San Andreas fault runs through our valley and thus there are several oases. The water actually bubbles up from cracks in the crust and palm trees grow along these fault lines. Tomorrow I'll show you some of the geological features that indicate fault activity. Nature Notes for May 13, 2010.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pushawalla Canyon~Outdoor Wednesday 051210











My cousin recently showed me one of the entrances to Pushawalla Canyon, which is in the Indio Hills. I took my RAV on the dirt road. She had her Ford 250 and horse trailer. I'm glad I had the RAV. There was a lot of soft sand and the RAV did just fine! I parked at the entrance and hiked about 1.5 miles back into the canyon. More pics tomorrow of the oasis there! These are some of the views at the entrance to the canyon. Outdoor Wednesday for May 12, 2010.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Flowers~Brenda Photo Challenge and "B" for blossoms~Sunday stills Challenge 051010
















These beautiful blossoms are yucca blossoms that we saw during our trip to Joshua Tree National Park last month. While we didn't take the RAV, Joshua Tree does have several dirt roads that hikers use to go back into various hiking trails. Actually, these were right off the road past the Cottonwood Springs entrance, where we entered the park. Aren't they lovely? They are pollinated by the yucca moth and it is the only species to pollinate them. Without the moth, there wouldn't be any yucca blossoms! I just noticed some today, up Highway 74, in Palm Desert, that are blooming and I'll stop by a couple of mornings next week and take photos of some of them. Additionally, since it is May, the saguaro are opening their blossoms, too. They bloom during the night, but early in the morning, you can still see them open. So, this post is brought to you by both Brenda's Photo Challenge and Sunday Stills Challenge for May 10, 2010. http://brendaphotochallenge.blogspot.com/

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Joshua Tree silhouettes~Scenic Sunday 051010


Hubby and I traveled to Las Vegas last weekend. We both needed a break from our jobs and the stress that accompanies them. We chose Las Vegas not because we go downtown to the hotels, but because we love Red Rock Canyon and the surrounding desert areas. We decided to avoid the Friday afternoon traffic nightmare on Interstate 15 and instead drove up through the Mojave Preserve. We drove through the western edge of it right at dusk and when we stopped here and I took this photo, I heard an owl in one of the joshua trees! I tried to follow the sound, but hubby decided it was time to get back on the road, and so off we went! But, I enjoyed our stop here and I admire the joshua trees. While this road isn't for 4 wheel drives, it is EXTREMELY isolated. Whatever car you take, be SURE it is in good working condition and you have extra water! There are NO SERVICES for over 90 miles! I would not suggest taking this road in mid-summer. Instead of the RAV, we took the Honda CRV, since it just got new tires and new brakes (finally!) Scenic Sunday for 051010.