Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.
Monday, February 18, 2013
You know there is water in the desert if you see cottonwoods and palms. Cottonwoods have large root systems (we have one in our back yard), but they need water. Palms will often sprout and grow along earthquake faults here in the Coachella Valley. Cottonwood Springs, at the eastern entrance to Joshua Tree national park, has both cottonwoods and palms. You can park your car in the parking area and walk down a short walk to the wash where many of the cottonwoods bloom. At this time of year, they are bare, but I did see some buds peeking out! There is a ranger station and visitor's center at the turnoff, so be sure to check in and pay your fee. If you are age 62 or older, you can get a FREE lifetime pass to the national parks. Hubby has one of the Golden Age passports, so I always bring him along with me ! :-)