Yesterday morning, we got up early and took a short walk to a local Oasis, Thousand Palms.
I forgot my camera, so I apologize for the quality of these photos, some of which were taken with Joe's tablet, and some I've borrowed from the internet. I'll try to get out into the desert tomorrow morning to get some clearer photos - it's a once-a-year spectacle!
|Lovely rose-like blossom. I'm not sure the name of this cactus.|
A few years back, this oasis went up in flames,
due to the huge amount of fallen dried fronds on the ground.
It was a pitiful site, tall blackened "trunks" against the blue sky.
But most of them survived!
And now the oasis is once again full of life.
|Charred "trunk" of a palm, which is truly a grass, not a tree.|
|Walking above the oasis.|
|The trail down was pretty rough.|
|This is "Desert Lavender."|
|Cactus blooming outside our house|
|... and in the desert (from internet)|
|Looking at the oasis from above.|
|The Purple Lupine was everywhere!|
|Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus|
|Pineapple Barrel Cactus (from internet)|
Tomorrow I'll do my best to get out closer to dawn.