The highlight of my trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park last month was seeing newborn desert bighorn sheep with their mamas on the Borrego Palms trail. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve always wanted to see the fields of poppies in California, especially paired with the famous oaks near the central coast. And even though I’ve seen spectacular fields of wildflowers in the subalpine meadows at Mt. Rainier and in the San Juans of Colorado, I was just agog at what I saw last week near Lancaster, California.
As you can see, it looks like a literal blanket of both California poppies and the small daisy-like goldfields. Obviously there was adequate rain this winter (it’s still winter for a few more days, actually.) Read the rest of this entry »
A psychedelic mountain rises from the desert on the east shore of California’s Salton Sea, a beacon to the lost and the joyous. Vivid flowers and red hearts and lime green words abound. One phrase repeats over and over again. “God is Love.” Read the rest of this entry »
It’s not really a sea. It’s a lake with a strange history. You see, the Salton Sea was once a legitimate lake (a small portion of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla), but then it dried up thousands of years ago. When a canal was built in the early 1900s to divert water from the nearby Colorado River to the Imperial Valley for crops, the engineers failed to take into account the fact that the river sometimes floods. Read the rest of this entry »