Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014

Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014
This big guy crossed the highway, October 2014.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Skeleton tree for Halloween

There's a dirt road in Pinyon which goes back to the Pinyon Crest estates.  I love to take this road and look at the views, like this one, with the fog bank rolling in to our Santa Rosa mountains.  There are a lot of dead pinyons there, like this one.  I thought it made a nice Halloween tree, with its outstretched limbs.  Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The view from Spring Crest

There's a tiny community of less than 20 homes along a part of the mountains along Highway 74.  It is called Spring Crest.  I often pull out there to look at the view of the desert floor far, far below.  Last Saturday, however, I stopped to take a closer look of the views around this area.  Aren't they spectacular?  I can see the huge plateau in the bottom photo from my home in the desert and it's so different up here in the mountains!  It was such a clear and bright day that I'm glad I had the opportunity to view this area.

Palm Springs windmills~Our World Tuesday~103012

I stopped at Spring Crest Saturday to see if there were any trees up there with fall colors (there were...).  Then I looked back and saw these views of the Palm Springs windmills, which I really enjoyed.  They are only visible at a couple of places along Highway 74, this being one of them.  What a contrast~from the mountains to the desert floor 4,000 feet below!  Our World Tuesday for October 30, 2012.  To see other worlds, please go to:

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pretty leaves and trees at the ranch

The nights have finally been cold enough up at the horse ranch so that the trees may begin to turn colors.  I always keep an eye on these, which are near the entrance to the ranch.  Last weekend they were all green, but I did spot some signs of autumn Saturday.  It was windy, so I hope most of the leaves didn't blow away!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cali having some fun!

Folks keep asking for me to post photos of my horses here.  I actually have another blog dedicated to them over at:, but yesterday I took Cali down to the arena for some R&R.  She is in a large corral with her herd mate, Scout.  But, occasionally she needs some time ALONE (away from her half sister) (They are from the same wild herd up in Wyoming, the Salt Creek mustang herd).  I forgot that it was windy yesterday when I took Cali out for a walk.  She spooked at the flapping bags on the old trailer, she spooked at the flapping tarp over the hay stack, and she spooked at blowing leaves, but we made it down to the arena in one piece.  I'm actually glad that things WERE moving yesterday because it gives her experience with "strange" and "spooky" things!  She didn't bolt, she only flinched and froze a couple of times.  Geez...I mean, she's a MUSTANG!  I wonder how Scout would have done...hmmm.... Anyway, after munching on dry leaves, Cali finally took off running in the arena and letting off some steam.  She walked back to the corral quietly and without any drama!  Third photo down shows my two geldings, Sunni and Quad, looking at Cali's antics in the arena.  Cali has always enjoyed her "free time"!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ocotillo and sunrise~Orange you Glad it's Friday~102612

It was early last Sunday morning when I drove up the mountains to the horse ranch.  So early, in fact, that I was able to pull over and snap a couple of photos of the rising morning sun, which was already shining and heating up the desert floor below.  But, with the mountains providing cover, the sun was just beginning to peak over this one.  I'm submitting this to "Orange You Glad It's Friday", a new meme I found this week.  Please stop by and take a look at OYGIF here:

Fall colors and fence~Friday's Fences~102612

I found this pretty fence and tree out in Lake Riverside Estates last weekend.  This weekend should be clear and warm.  Well, that's the forecast for the desert (mid-90's...) I never know what I'm going to find on the other side of our mountains, like in this area.  Friday's Fences for October 26, 2012.  To visit Friday's Fences, please go to:

Cahuilla Mountain and fog~SkyWatch Friday~102612

Last weekend, a huge fog bank rolled through from San Diego, into the Anza valley.  This was the view of Cahuilla Mountain through the moving fog.  SkyWatch Friday for October 26, 2012.  To visit SkyWatch Friday, please go to:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Meadowlark~Nature Notes~102512

There's a whole field FULL of meadowlarks near where I board my horses, but I never seem to be able to get a photo of one.  There's also a meadow full of them up in Garner Valley.  Same story.  But, this little guy gladly let me stop and take his photo last weekend, up at Lake Riverside Estates, which is near Cahuilla Mountain.  He even looked right at me as if to say, "What are YOU looking at?"  Nature Notes for October 25, 2012.  To visit Nature Notes, please go to:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Spring Crest

Spring Crest is a small community of houses which is halfway between Palm Desert and the 371 turnoff to San Diego, which is near Garner Valley.  I pass by Spring Crest every weekend.  I love to watch it change during the seasons.  They do get snow in winter.  It's usually not a lot, but the houses are dotted with it sometimes.  I can't wait to see this area this winter.  They have a spectacular view of the end of the Palm Springs Indian Canyons and Palm Canyon Drive is actually close by.  Unfortunately, it's a dirt road that somebody carved out of OOPS!  private land (in some places), so it doesn't actually get used much.  I remember there were lawsuits when the guy was bulldozing it and I've never actually driven down it the entire way and I don't even know if it goes through to Palm Springs.  There is, however, a Palm Canyon Drive up in this area and there are mailboxes on it, so it does get used at the mountain end.  Spring Crest used to have a gas station, but it is long abandoned.  There are some nice houses up here and maybe next weekend I'll take a few photos, but here are a few from last weekend.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Early morning on the mountain~Our World Tuesday~102312

I got an early start Sunday morning because hubby had to leave for work before 7 a.m.  Actually, I was out the door before him!  It was nice to have some energy again. This was the first weekend in 10 weeks that I've had the energy to drive up the mountain twice!  :-)  I never know what kind of weather I'm going to encounter driving up the road, so I always keep an extra sweater in the car and on this morning, I needed it! The fog from the previous night had settled in and the low clouds were still drifting around the mountains.  Our World Tuesday for October 23, 2012.  To visit OWT, please go to:

Monday, October 22, 2012

Yellow around the ranch~Mellow Yellow Monday~102212

I wasn't looking for yellow things around the ranch this weekend, but I realized, as I looked over my photos, that I had several.  These yellow flowers grow all over the place up there and now there are yellow leaves on the trees.  The ranch owners have several beautiful roses, including this one.  Mellow Yellow Monday for October 22, 2012.  I actually had to grab a sweater up there this weekend!   :-)  To visit MYM, please go to:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

And the fog rolled in...

I drove up to the horse ranch this afternoon because hubby was working a late shift and I had the whole afternoon to myself!  So, what did I do?  Head up to visit my horses!   (hehehe!)  As I dropped down into the valley, I saw a bank of clouds off toward Temecula.  This was about 5:00 p.m.  By 6:00, the entire valley was covered with them, the temperature dropped, and the sun was obscured.  I took a drive out by the Cahuilla Mountain market and then out Cary Road, where I took this photo.  You can see the cloud layer nestled against the back of Thomas Mountain.  I nearly had to turn on the heater in my car!  I can't wait to return tomorrow morning because I have to buy more pellets for the herd.  I wonder if the fog will stay overnight or if it will drift away?

Old window reflection~Weekend Reflections~102012

There's an old real estate office which is now vacant up in Garner Valley.  I love to stop there and take photos because, well, it's OLD.  And deteriorating.  And, it has a beautiful, huge Virginia creeper growing up on the outside of its fireplace which turns an amazing brilliant red in autumn.  I do SO love old places like this.  Actually this is the real estate office that we went to in 1971 when we bought our 5 acres of land up in Garner Valley.  We had the acreage for a couple of years, until after our first child was born, and we had to sell it because I wasn't working.  So, on this morning a couple of years ago, I stopped and took some photos, including this one which has the nearby pine trees reflected in its window.  Weekend Reflections for October 20, 2012.  To visit Weekend Reflections, please go to:

Fall colors are arriving!

I took this photo last weekend and I can't wait to drive up to our local mountains this afternoon.  I'll be looking for more fall colors...I was home sick yesterday with some kind of stomach virus...achy tummy...NO FUN!  But, today I seem to be okay.  It was a 48 hour bug.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Palms in the a.m. ~SkyWatch Friday~101912

I love to see clouds in the desert, especially in the morning, when I drive to work.  Unfortunately, we have so many days of clear, blue sky that we often don't see them.  But, last week, they arrived and I left early so that I would have time to view them.  That's Mt. San Jacinto, near Palm Springs, in the background.  SkyWatch Friday for October 19, 2012.  To visit SWF, please go to:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The first leaves of autumn up at the ranch

I've been waiting for signs of fall up at the ranch so eagerly that Saturday I walked over to the maple and sycamore trees to see if there were ANY yellow leaves.  I did spot these, but that was it.  It just hasn't been cold enough yet.  At least, not cold enough until last weekend, when they had frost up there.  I'm hoping by next Saturday, more leaves will turn.  We've had a LONG, LONG, LONG hot summer...sigh...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Yellow poplar and bush~Mellow Yellow Monday~101512

Pretty poplar and yellow bush up off Highway 395.  I took this photo in 2009, during our October trip to the Sierra.  I'm just so anxious to see fall colors in our local mountains soon!  Mellow Yellow Monday for October 15, 2012.  To visit MYM, please go to:

I'm so impatient for some fall color!

I'm so impatient for some fall color that I got the hard drive out this morning and I'm pouring over our photos of the Sierra from October, 2009.  Hubby and I both took two days off work and backed them up to a weekend and off we went!  How else were we to see the beautiful yellow leaves?  Here they are...(hehehe!) Click on any photo to enlarge.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

New life from old

There's a burned area right across from Spring Crest, up on Highway 74.  It burned a couple of years ago and I've been watching the regrowth.  There was a lot of manzanita up there and it is slowly coming back.  They get quite a bit of rain off the western slopes of the mountains up there, so the grass came back right away.  Sometimes, if I have time, like today, I'll stop and take a few photos and observe it.  Here are some of the photos I took today. Oh, and yes, thank you, Gaelyn.  ALL went well with the horses!  My vet is a short, wiry guy who can give them their shots in the blink of an eye.  Poof!  It's done.  I didn't even realize he had done 3 of them!  Sunni was a bit dramatic, and Scout, too, but all ended well and they all got a treat for their good behavior!

Near Hamilton Creek

Sometimes the early morning light hits the canyon near Hamilton Creek just right and I'll pull over to take some photos, like last weekend.  I have to drive through here again this morning because my vet is coming today to give the horses their shots.  I always enjoy driving through the canyon because it's very peaceful.