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Zabriskie Point, Death Valley

(11 Photos) After leaving the Opera House, we headed into Death Valley, stopping for the view at Zabriskie Point. Wow, is an understatement… see for yourself via this gallery of pics! ~SueBee

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Opera in Death Valley

(14 photos) My friends, Aranka and her husband George, whom I visited in Pahrump, Nevada, earlier this week took me on a fabulous tour of the local area. On Tuesday, our destination was Death Valley. Driving through some pretty unforgiving land, there suddenly stood the Amargosa Opera House! I linked to their website for those […]

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Road Trip

After returning home from Kat’s wedding in Julian (a couple hours south from home), I collapsed into bed, and then got up to hit the road again. My destination would be a town called Pahrump in the Nevada desert, about an hour northwest of Las Vegas, new home of a long-time friend. I headed out […]

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Desert Palms

A visit to Palm Springs this past Saturday meant a bit of hiking at Andreas Canyon, on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation. The day offered perfect weather, clear blue sky, snow-capped mountains surrounding the area. The creek running through the canyon was rushing, full with water from our recent bout of storms. All in all, […]

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Tires in the Desert

Today’s Foto Fix was taken on Highway 111, just off the 10, on the way to Palm Springs, California. The tires, part of a racing area for kids, are being swallowed by shifting sand. ~SueBee

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Morning Ride

Howdy Pardner! How about you’re a cowboy/girl this morning, taking a trail ride to Andreas Canyon in the Palm Springs area? Sounds like a great idea to me. I took this picture a year ago, during a little get-away vacation. I did a lot of hiking and exploring, and had a fabulous time. ~SueBee

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Moorten’s Botanical Garden, part 4

The fourth and final entry into my series on Moorten’s Botanical Garden in Palm Springs features some of their really neat Gold Mine artifacts! I’m always fascinated by old tools and relics from days gone by. The purple bottle pieces, strung up on the string, really brought back memories, though. When I was young, my dad would […]

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Moorten’s Botanical Garden, part 3

Part three of my 4-part series about an interesting desert garden in Palm Springs, Moorten’s Botanical Garden. As you’ll notice in this gallery of photos, the desert plants become tropical near the area where weddings are held. The area is green and lush, and must make a beautiful setting for that special occasion. ~SueBee

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Moorten’s Botanical Garden, part 2

Continuing my walk from yesterday’s post through the cactus collection at Moorten’s Botanical Garden in Palm Springs… ~SueBee

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Moorten’s Botanical Garden, part 1

When I took a mini get-away to Palm Springs at the end of 2014, one of the places I found fascinating was Moorten’s Botanical Garden. I wrote about their world’s first Cactarium, and will now share scenes from their desert gardens. The afternoon was extremely pleasant, the temperatures on the cooler side (Southern California’s cool), […]

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West Fork Trail and Palm Canyon

My inventory of photos from my two night get-away in Palm Springs at the end of December is nearly endless! The photos in this gallery were taken after I hiked Andreas Canyon and then headed toward the Reservation Trading Post, where I had hoped to explore West Fork Trail and Palm Canyon. I ended up venturing onto just the very […]

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Visiting the World’s First Cactarium

An after-lunchtime visit to Moorten Botanical Garden was a nice break between hikes during my recent Palm Springs visit. Established in 1938, it’s a desert lover’s cactus feast. I found their World’s First Cactarium, pictured in this gallery, to be most fascinating, and I’m pleased to know I visited a world’s first! ~SueBee

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Reclaimed by the Desert

Fascinating, dilapidated old buildings on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, at the east end of Palm Springs. How they get the imagination going… ~SueBee

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Hiking the Lykken Trail

Another trail I hiked during my recent Palm Springs visit (I crammed a lot into a two night get-away!) was the North Lykken Trail. It’s not on Indian Reservation land so no entry fee required. I didn’t go up the side of the mountain too terribly far, but the view from as far as I got was spectacular! […]

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Around Town in Palm Springs

You may be able to tell I’m having a love affair with Palm Springs! It’s a vibrant, gorgeous town filled with wonderful people. One afternoon during my recent visit, I decided to cruise a few residential areas, view the low-slung homes, palm tree lined streets, soak in the desert atmosphere. Here’s a sampling in this gallery. Are you ready for a […]

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Hiking Andreas Canyon, Part 2 of 2

Continuing from yesterday’s post at the halfway point, I crossed the footbridge over the creek and started on the path uphill for the return portion of the hike. As I reached the crest, I found the view, past rocky outcroppings, over canyons, and on to mountains miles in the distance, to be spectacular. I was now nearly […]

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Hiking Andreas Canyon, Part 1 of 2

My recent visit to Palm Springs was spent outdoors, hiking various trails, enjoying the glorious desert winter weather. Exploring solo, I’m always careful to stay where other people are, just not too close. I’d inquired at my hotel about best hiking trails and was directed to the Indian Canyons on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation at the […]

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Desert Black and Whites

I just returned from a few days R&R (rest and relaxation) in Palm Springs, a favorite get-away place not far from home. Most of my time was spent outdoors, hiking, and thoroughly enjoying not being at work. The weather was crisp (downright cold starting late afternoons), the sky either crystal clear or with the occasional photographic cloud formations. While I sort my 850+ photos, I’ve […]

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Camping Lake Perris

In the desert near Riverside, about an hour’s drive from our home in Orange, sits a very pretty lake with campground. It’s a State Recreation Area, and is well maintained and managed. Back in September, a group of us camped overnight, after a day of wine tasting in Temecula, followed by a day of boating on […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist 2

Extension of a dead limb… fear? quasi wood, delicate, wings clear. Flirting with a subtle chameleon effect, a simplistic charlatan’s project. Light touch on a brittle refuge, dare we say wily subterfuge? Respite from another’s feast, momentary serenity at the least, fearing winged creatures on high possessing of a sharp, focused eye. ~SueBee (photo by Kat) Our second entry into the Weekly Photo […]

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