The Dancer

The Dancer
Graceful dead tree up above Deep Canyon.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Monsoon afternoon~Looking at the Sky on Friday for 100110


Yesterday afternoon up by Deep Canyon. The monsoon clouds moved in and the pinyon forest was sprinkled by storms moving through the area. The temperature suddenly dropped, the wind started up, and showers moved through the area. What a relief from our desert heat! Looking at the Sky on Friday for October 1, 2010.

Yesterday's rain




When I left school yesterday, I saw that the sky above Deep Canyon was dark and cloudy. I had my camera with me, so I drove up Highway 74. I stopped at Vista Point, which is an overlook, and took these photos. You can see the downpour, which is about at Desert Hot Springs. Quite a few other people had stopped at the overlook to view it, too. This is fairly common here in our desert. Some areas will have isolated thunderstorms and downpours, while others will be dry. More monsoon thunderstorms are forecast for the next two days and we just had lighting right above us early this morning. My black lab, Ripley, jumped onto her favorite chair and cowered and our German Shepherd went down the hallway and jumped on our bed!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bare tree in Deep Canyon~Nature Notes 093010


What a difference a couple of days can make! I took the photos in the previous post on Sunday and I took this one today, Wednesday. Yesterday and today the monsoon clouds came into our valley and moved across Deep Canyon. I drove up my favorite road there after school this afternoon partly to enjoy the monsoon moisture which was moving in and partly to just enjoy Deep Canyon and the pinyon forests there. I rolled down my windows, heard the roll of long-distant thunder, and heard all kinds of birds in song. A covey of quail crossed the road in front of me. What a way to end a day! Nature Notes for September 30, 2010.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Scenes from Deep Canyon~That's My World, Outdoor Wednesday 092910











It was hot in the desert this past weekend and it was hot even up in Deep Canyon, but I still loved to stop and find interesting things there. I'm always amazed by its beauty, even on a day when the temps there soared to over 100 degrees. This is Highway 74, above Palm Desert, which parallels Deep Canyon. That's My World and Outdoor Wednesday 092910.

Monday, September 27, 2010

A sign of fall~Mellow Yellow Monday 092710


Although yesterday's daytime temperature set a new heat record, up in the mountains along Deep Canyon, fall has begun. My five horses are getting their winter coats. Leaves in the maples are starting to change colors. The nights are getting longer and cooler. I found this leaf hidden among the other green leaves Saturday, a sure sign that the seasons are changing. Mellow Yellow Monday for September 27, 2010.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fall leaf shadows~Shadow Shot Sunday, SOOC 092510


Another attempt at Shadow Shot Sunday. I walked around the horse ranch today with my camera, looking for signs of fall. I found this leaf among the shadows. HA! We are in the middle of a heat wave. The desert will be 110 today and the mountains, where I board my horses, will be in the lower 100's. But, the days ARE getting shorter and the nights LONGER and my horses are already getting their winter coats! My little roan mustang is turning white, like she does in the winter! SSS for 092510 AND Straight Out of the Camera Sunday SOOC. To visit Straight out of the Camera Sunday, please visit: http://www.murrieta365.com. To visit Shadow Shot Sunday, please visit: http://heyharriet.blogspot.com/

"S" ~Sunday Stills Challenge 092510











Almost directly behind Deep Canyon runs another canyon. It is the one where Warner Springs lies. Sometimes hubby and I take that road, Highway 79, I believe, up to Julian for an apple pie run. Along the way sits an old STAGECOACH STATION in Oak Grove. On this trip, I took a friend with me as she had not been on that part of the road before. You know, I'd traveled by this old STAGECOACH STATION many, many times and never stopped to investigate it. There is an old barn right across the highway from it and we do stop there to take photos of the barn, but until this trip, I'd never even looked at the STATECOACH STATION. However, this day, I did and I'm glad I did. I just love old buildings and barns and this old STATECOACH STATION even had a plaque tellings its history. Apparently it was in operation from 1858 - 1861 as part of the Butterfield Stage Line, from St. Louis to San Francisco. Wagons from Yuma, Arizona stopped here. It's a good place for a stop. Oak Grove is a small grove of oak trees in the middle of this canyon and it is very shady. Water flows in the creek behind the STATECOACH STATION. It is also in SAN Diego county! It is only open on weekends now (I'd gone mid-week) and I'm sure with the budget crunch, it's probably closed then, too. I've never seen it open. Its gates have always been locked. But, someday I'll get there and walk around inside and take photos of it!~Sunday Stills Challenge for September 25, 2010...the letter "S". Ed, I'm sorry...I HAD to go back through my archives as I've had bronchitis all week and I didn't take ANY photos at all this past week!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Window views~Weekend Reflections 092510




Last Saturday I went for an early morning walk along El Paseo Blvd. in Palm Desert. The sky was blue, the streets were empty, and all was quiet. I found this window and reflection along my walk that morning. Weekend Reflections for September 25, 2010.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Morning in the park~SkyWatch Friday 092410

I love to see morning light on palm trees. And, I was fortunate last weekend to get to the park early enough to enjoy the blue sky and palms! SkyWatch Friday for september 24, 2010.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Early morning sprinklers, park~Watery Wednesday 092210


I went to the local park early Sunday morning and spotted the sprinklers coming on, so I stopped to shoot this picture of them. Ahhh....early mornings! I LOVE them!!! Watery Wednesday for September 22, 2010.

Signs of fall in Deep Canyon~That's My World 092110
















I took these photos last Saturday at the ranch where I board my horses, which is in our local mountains, above Deep Canyon. I wanted to see if there were any signs of fall yet. They are subtle signs, but they are still there. The owner told me the horses are getting their winter coats already. I love to watch these trees get their fall colors, so I'll be keeping an eye on them! we don't have these changes down in the desert and I'm glad that I do get to drive up to the mountains each weekend. That's My World for Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Lantern and shadows~Shadow Shot Sunday 091910


I took a few moments yesterday to walk around the horse ranch where I board my horses and I came upon this shadow shot on the front porch. I thought it was very peaceful. What do you think?
Shadow Shot Sunday for September 19, 2010.

"Flags"~Sunday Stills Challenge 091910











I had to be creative for this week's challenge as the only flags in and around Deep Canyon are those at the fire stations! However, there is a weekly swap meet at College of the Desert, which is at the end of Deep Canyon, in the desert. I frequently visit the swap meet and I took these photos of yard flags during one visit. HA! I even got a picture of our American flag in one of them! Sunday Stills Challenge for September 19, 2010.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Views from Deep Canyon~SkyWatch Friday 091710





I haven't been driving up and down the road next to Deep Canyon in the afternoons until this week. Now that school is back in session, I drive up to see my horses on weekends and 1 day midweek. Monday was my day and I'm glad I went. There were clouds lingering around our local mountains and they provided a welcome relief in the late afternoon. SkyWatch Friday for September 17, 2010.










Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Deep Canyon late afternoon~That's My World 091410




I had to drive up to the horse ranch yesterday afternoon, after school. I had some chores and things to do up there and I didn't have time to do them over the weekend, plus I just needed some "horse time". I drove back down the hill about 6:30 p.m. and saw this view of Deep Canyon along the way. That's Bighorn Country Club off in the distance (if you click on the top photo, you can see its lakes). I enjoyed seeing all the late afternoon shadows play on the mountains. It was a completely different view for me as I usually am driving up and down that same road early morning to noon, but rarely in the afternoons. That's My World for Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cacti~Mellow Yellow Monday and Cactus Monday 091310






I found these interesting cacti at Home Depot this weekend, when I went in there to buy some wildflower seeds for my front yard. Of course, I had to stop and take some pics of them! Aren't they cute? Mellow Yellow Monday and Cactus Monday for September 13, 2010.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

"Glow"~See It Sunday 091210


I've been waking up early every morning and grabbing my camera before heading out for school. A few mornings this week I stopped by the hotel where hubby works and took these early morning photos, like this one, with the sun reflecting on one of the ponds at the hotel. I now know exactly what time the rising sun's light hits the pond! The flamingoes don't seem to mind. They just go about their business, oblivious to the morning glow! See It Sunday for September 12, 2010. For other participants, please visit: http://www.seeitsunday.net/

"Glass" Sunday Stills Challenge 091210




I often visit the Living Desert Reserve, in Palm Desert, CA, which is at the end of Deep Canyon. One time, I stopped to admire this window and these glass vases which were on display. Aren't they colorful? And, you can see the reflection of the palm trees in both photos! Sunday Stills Challenge for September 12, 2010.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Morning tranquility~Weekend Reflections 091110


I find myself drawn back to this place every morning now. Just the simple everyday occurrance of another sunrise, the palms, the birds, and the sounds of the water are so calming. It helps me clear my mind and begin a new day. I especially wish to remember all those who lost their lives this date 9 years ago and are no longer with us. I will take my camera with me again this morning as I don't have to drive to school today. I'll see what the sunrise this morning brings. Weekend Reflections for September 11, 2010. For other participants, please visit: http://newtowndailyphoto.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Flamingoes and sunrise~SkyWatch Friday 090910


The flamingoes and sunrise yesterday morning. What a peaceful scene! SkyWatch Friday, September 9, 2010.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Flamingoes~Nature Notes 090910


There are currently 4 baby flamingoes over at the Marriott Desert Springs and this morning I went over there right at sunrise to see if I could see any of them. One must be a newborn as it was still in its hole, barely peeking out. But, 3 more were out. This one was surrounded by adults for protection and it went paddling along right with the adults and even dove for a tasty morsel in the pond. I hope to go back in the morning, if I have time, and take some photos before going off to school! The babies are little gray bundles of feathers. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you'll see the baby. Nature Notes for September 9, 2010.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Early morning, Deep Canyon~That's My World 090710


I woke up VERY EARLY Saturday morning (2:30 a.m.) and couldn't go back to sleep at all! So, I cleaned the dishes, loaded the dishwasher, wiped off all the countertops, did two loads of laundry, vacuumed the living room, and, by 6:30 a.m., I headed out the door, up Deep Canyon, to the horse ranch! I stopped at Vista Point and took this photo. It was a beautiful, crisp, clear morning and I could see for miles and miles. That's My World for Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Road through the oaks~Straight Out of the Camera Sunday 090510


I woke up at 4:00 a.m. yesterday morning, so I headed up to the horse ranch where I board my 5 horses at 6:30 a.m. The sunlight was just coming over the hills at this time. I had pulled over to admire these oaks, which line the highway up to the ranch. I've pulled over at this spot before and one time a pair of coyotes crossed the road right in front of me! Sometimes I just stop to listen to the sounds of the birds, especially the woodpeckers who visit these trees. Straight Out of the Camera Sunday for September 5, 2010.

Boots~"Shoes and Boots" for Sunday Stills Challenge 090510







This week's challenge for Sunday Stills is "shoes and boots". I don't wear boots around the ranch. Instead, I wear the steel-reinforced toe WALMART men's work shoes. Why steel-reinforced? Well, because my horses (I have 5) frequently step on my toes! Believe me, that steel reinforcement comes in VERY HANDY sometimes! I remember one time, when I got Sunni, my first horse, and he stepped on my left foot. At that time, I was wearing walking shoes. OUCH! I couldn't get him OFF my foot and I thought I had broken a toe, but it was just extremely painful. So, to WALMART I went the next day and bought my first pair of steel reinforced toe MEN'S work boots! (size 8). This is actually my second pair. I wear them EVERY time I go up to visit my horses. I board them in our local mountains, about 30 minutes up the hill from our desert home. I don't ever wear these shoes back home in the desert. First, they are too hot down here in the desert. Second, since they are so useful to wear around the horses, I immediately take them off at home and set them next to the front door!!! I have two dogs in the house and I don't wish them to chew on my work boots! Here is Quad, my thoroughbred rescue, nosing MY BOOTS! Enjoy your Sunday! Sunday Stills Challenge for September 5, 2010.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

vulture! Camera Critters 090410











During my last visit to the Living Desert Reserve, I arrived early and entered the bird house. There was a vulture there and I enjoyed taking these photos of him/her. I don't know which it was! Did you know that vultures usually do not kill their food, although I have read that they will occasionally kill a small mammal. Maybe somebody can enlighten me? Anyway, I see a pair of them once in a while as I drive up deep canyon and I see another pair over the horse ranch in our mountains where I board my horses. They have a large wing span and it is interesting to watch them catch the thermals and soar. I remember one time, when I boarded Sunni, my gelding, over in the Indio Hills. A whole flock of vultures came overhead and I stopped to watch them. I don't know if they had just feasted on something and were heading out, but it was an incredible sight. In fact, I jumped in my car and followed them for a while, until they headed off over Joshua Tree National Park. I always feel like it is a gift to see these incredible birds. Did you know their wing span is from 7 to 10 FEET? Amazing!!! Camera Critters for September 4, 2010.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Desert Garden~Nature Notes 090210











I always enjoy visiting the garden center at the Living Desert Reserve, which is at the base of Deep Canyon. Their gardens are so quiet and cool, even on a hot day! They have bird feeders for the finches and there are many colorful little ones who stop by for a meal! Nature Notes for september 2, 2010.