1/27/13

Palm Springs

We had a fine time in the desert where, improbably, it was raining.

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That's the big Marilyn statue on Palm Canyon Drive, as seen from the car.

Downtown Palm Springs has its charms, but we come for a different set of charms.

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When did Coachella Valley burn? Couldn't have been too long ago.

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I rather like the visual effect on the landscape. At least for picture taking. The feeling is different if you live here, I suppose.

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Does any of this look familiar?

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I'm fairly certain I commented on this exact ocotillo the last time I was here, just about 2 years ago.

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It was sunny and warm, with blue skies then. This time was as if Mother Nature had trans-located San Francisco's moody coastal weather to Palm Springs. Wet, foggy, not exactly cold, but definitely not warm. That's okay. It was a thrill to see the desert in the rain. The ducks in the oasis had no complaints.

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Besides. California's natural history is all about rain after fire.

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5 comments:

Kaveh Maguire said...

I was just in Palm Springs for Christmas. No rain but it was COLD! I didn't explore the local gardens too much but I did visit Joshua Tree. I can't believe I had never been there before. Neat place.

Katie Swanberg said...

Lovely. I followed all of your Vine updates until my phone stopped playing them. Hope you two had a nice vacation!

Bonnie Story said...

I really enjoy the signs of life after near-death in the plant life. Enjoy the slightly different face of the desert there right now. Ciao Bello!

Hilda said...

Wonderful photographs as always! and a lovely reminder of the desert : ) --as totally different scene unfolds outside my window where the snow is piling up thanks to a blizzard named Nemo...

Red Maple Tree said...

After a dry season rain comes for peace. This nice post. Thank you for everything.