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.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mountain scenes~Our World Tuesday~January 31, 2012

Sunday morning was crisp and clear.  There were only a couple clouds in the sky and as I headed up the mountain to go work 4 of my horses, I stopped along the way and took these photos. The previous weekend, this area was covered with clouds, but it was clear Sunday and I could see all the way across the Coachella Valley. I'm always amazed by the beauty of these mountains and I love exploring them! Why do the weekends go so quickly????  Our World Tuesday for January 31, 2012. To stop by Our World Tuesday, please go to:

Sunday, January 29, 2012

House windows and door~Whimsical Windows and Delirious Doors~013012

I was driving around this morning after feeding the ducks at the park.  There's a neighborhood up in Rancho Mirage, "The Cove" and I sometimes take a drive up there, admiring the houses and fences and landscaping.  I drove by this house and then drove back to see the windows and arches.  At some point in the not-too-near future (probably this summer), we're going to have to take down our wooden fence as it's leaning over badly and I'm afraid it might just blow over the next time we have a good wind, which could be in March.  I found a couple of fence ideas this morning and I'm eager to show them to hubby so that we can plan what we are going to do with our fence.  I really liked all the windows and door of this home.  WW and DD for January 30, 2012. To visit WW&DD, please go to this link:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

fences in the fog~Friday Fences~January 27, 2012

I was fortunate last weekend to experience fog up in our local mountains, near where I board my horses.  We don't often get fog in the desert.  I can remember fog twice in the past 36 years down here.  But, up in our local mountains, at about 5,000 feet, fog is much more frequent.  It makes everything look so different!  This is the thoroughbred horse farm near where I board my horses and on this day, the fog made everything look so different!  While I sometimes like the fog, I wouldn't like it every day!  Friday Fences for January 27, 2012.  To visit Friday Fences, please go to:

mountain rainbow photos~SkyWatch Friday~January 27, 2012

You know, I never really know what kind of weather I'm going to encounter up in our local mountains.  It can be clear on the desert floor, where I live, but be cloudy and windy and raining up on the mountains.  Last weekend, this beautiful rainbow appeared and followed me on my way down the mountains.  I stopped at several turnouts to take photos of it.  It should be clear this weekend, so I won't see another one, at least for a while.  SkyWatch Friday for January 27, 2012.  To visit SWF, please go to :

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mountain fog~Nature Notes~January 26, 2012

We don't get fog down here in the desert.  I believe I could count on one hand the number of days that we've had fog in the last 30 years.  However, when the clouds spill over the mountains and settle down, there is fog up there, like last weekend.  I love to drive through it.  Everything looks unfamiliar and strange.  It's like being in a different world.  (By the way, while I was driving through this fog, it was clear, but windy, in the desert). I could imagine getting tired of the fog day after day after day, but it is a real treat occasionally.  Nature Notes for January 26, 2012.  To visit Nature Notes, please go to:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Yuccas on the mountain

There are a lot of old yucca blossoms up on the mountain and last weekend, I drove down my favorite dirt road to view some.  These three blossoms are last year's leftovers.  Like many other ones, they are still standing tall.  I see so many of them all along the highway.  Yucca plants have these blossoms and also the fibers that you see in the top photo.  I can't wait to see this year's blossoms!

Monday, January 23, 2012

The road down the mountain~Our World Tuesday~012412

It was an extremely windy day Saturday and as I was driving down the mountain, after feeding my horses an extra meal, the wind got stronger and stronger in some areas.  Actually, it was windy all over the desert and mountains Saturday.  These were some of the worst winds I've seen in 35+ years of desert living!  And, the road DOWN the mountain was a real thrilling ride!  Oh, boy!  The wind was whirling up dust, but at one point, off toward Mt. San Jacinto, there was a gorgeous rainbow.  The clouds were spilling over the mountains, but the desert below was clear (but still windy!).  It was an unusual day!  Our World Tuesday for January 25, 2012.  These photos show my trip from about halfway down the mountain almost to the desert floor.  I traveled from 4,000 feet down to 200 feet above sea level. To visit Our World Tuesday, please go to:

More photos of Saturday's clouds

We are recovering from Saturday's tremendous winds, but unfortunately another storm is moving in today, along with a high wind warning.  I haven't been outside yet, but one of my outdoor cats is huddled against the door, begging to come inside!  I may take a quick run up the highway after school to take more photos if the clouds are spilling over the mountains, like these.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Blue jay~Sunday Stills Challenge~012212

We have a scrub jay who lives in our neighborhood and yes, I do feed him.  He's been around now for nearly 3 years.  He SHOULD be up in the pinyon forest of our local mountains, about 10 minutes away "as the crow flies".  His relatives are up there and I see them all the time.  He disappeared for a couple of weeks last spring and I figured he went to find a mate, but he returned.  I fed him all summer, as the desert is very hot at 200 feet elevation.  He now looks for me and when he sees my car drive up in the driveway in the afternoons, he waits for me at the front fence.  I enjoy watching his antics, as you can see!  He's around this morning already.  Sometimes he's the first bird to come to the feeding stations, but on other mornings, he waits until the doves are done and then swoops in for his peanut, acorns, or black oil sunflower seeds.  He's quite entertaining!  Sunday Stills Challenge for January 22, 2012.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Clouds on the mountain today~SOOC Sunday~012212 and Creative Exchange

I drove up the mountain today to go buy some pellets for my horses.  I looked at the weather forecast for the next week and every night will be down in the 20's.  They need some sweet feed and pellets in the afternoon so that they have extra calories to keep them warm at night and my supply was low.  I really wasn't sure if I'd even make it up to the horse ranch today!  It was so windy.  I mean, it was windy enough to slam my car!!! The manzanitas were all moving, the pinyons were moving, dust was blowing across the road.  It was BAD!  I've been driving up that road now for 5 years and this is the WORST I've ever seen the wind!  I just kept thinking that I'd turn around if it got too bad, but I made it.  At the top of the hill there was fog and I could barely see.  I took this phot on the way back down the hill after picking up 4 bags of pellets for the horses.  They will need some tonight, for sure! SOOC Sunday for January 22, 2012.  To visit SOOC, please go to:  and Creative Exchange for January 23, 2012. To visit Creative Exchange, please go to:

The valley below

Sometimes, if there isn't a car behind me, I'll pull off onto one of the FEW turnouts up on Highway 74 and stop to take a couple of photos, like this one I took last weekend.  The problem is that there just aren't many turnouts on this side of the road!  There are several going up the mountain, but very few on the return route.  I can only think of two and one of them, this one, has telephone wires in the view.  I used my telefoto lens for this shot.  Another problem is that when the farmers down in the Coachella Valley burn hay or straw to keep their crops from freezing, the sky is very hazy.  It's already sprinkling down here in the valley this morning, but I'm going to head up the road later today.  Snow is forecast for elevations above 7,000 feet, so I won't be running into any snow...that's for sure!  That's looking down into the Coachella Valley.  Joshua Tree National Park would be in the mountains all the way across the valley!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pinyon and clouds~SkyWatch Friday~012012

Pinyon pine and clouds over the pinyon forest last weekend.  I never really know what the top of the mountain will be like and I enjoy seeing its many moods.  SkyWatch Friday for January 20, 2012.  To visit SkyWatch Friday, please go to:

Cahuilla overlook~Nature Notes~January 19, 2012

Deep Canyon is slowing revealing her secrets to me.  Last weekend, I stopped at the Cahuilla overlook and walked around and read the markers.  I'm learning the differences between yuccas and agaves.  The bottom photo is from the yucca family and it is the Mojave yucca.  I've learned that yuccas have lots of white blossoms on them and they also have stringy fibers on them, but agaves don't.  The agaves have different leaves, which are much larger and thicker than the yucca ones.  Slowly, slowly, I'm learning more about this amazing environment, which is only 10 minutes from my house, which is on the desert floor.  This environment is up at about 2,000 feet and occasionally gets snow, but not much this year.  Nature Notes for January 19, 2012. To visit Nature Notes, please follow this link:  It is the 6th year for Nature Notes, so be sure you stop by and check it out!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cahuilla Vista~Our World Tuesday~011712

The Cahuilla Vista is one of the main overlooks above Deep Canyon and I stopped there Sunday morning, on my way up to the horse ranch.  I needed to do my "homework" for my horsemanship lessons and I was anxious to get to the ranch.  However, it was such a beautiful morning, that I pulled into the overlook and walked around.  There is a self-guided trail with many display signs and sometime I'll have to go back and photograph them all.  The Cahuilla Indians lived in this area and used Deep Canyon to travel from the mountains to the desert.  They harvested, cooked, and ate the pinyon nuts from the trees all along the canyon.  These photos show just a small portion of the overlook.  It was fairly windy up there on Sunday (and cold), so I'll return another day!  Our World Tuesday for January 17, 2012.  To visit OWT, please go to this link:

Monday, January 16, 2012


Had a good day yesterday driving up the mountain and working with my two mustangs on my horsemanship "homework"...getting them to flex and move off their front and hindquarters.  Scout, my alpha mare, caught on very quickly.  Cali, my loveable palomino, er, uh, huh? didn't really get what I wanted, so I'll need to work with her some more.  It was a cold, cloudy, and slightly windy day yesterday, with a rain storm moving in.  It finally got just too windy and cold for me, so I headed home.  I drove up the mountain about 11:00, which is unusual.  I usually go early in the morning, but we had breakfast with our daughter and son-in-law. They made croissants with Nutella and bananas.  I didn't eat any bacon or eggs, but they also served fruit.  Yummy!  We are returning today for ebelskiver (round pancakes)!  Here's a link so you can see them: We also get to babysit the grandson today, so we may take him to the Living Desert Reserve to see the model trains!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Skies above Deep Canyon

Sometimes when I drive up through Deep Canyon, I get pleasant surprises, like on this morning.  What else can I say?  Just gorgeous!