Good Morning, Mt. San Jacinto!

Good Morning, Mt. San Jacinto!

Just another lovely sunrise on the mountains bordering beautiful Palm Springs, CA, as viewed from Desert Hot Springs, CA, up the street.  Woot!  We got cold weather yesterday and you can see a bit of snow up there now. Yesterday the clouds began to roll in… can you see the faint rainbow? All in all, just another couple of days in paradise...
Just Another Beautiful Desert Sunrise

Just Another Beautiful Desert Sunrise

Hello My Peeps, just thought I’d share a recent beautiful, desert October sunrise with you all. This is Mt. San Jacinto, which borders Palm Springs, CA to the south. It is the second highest mountain peak in Southern California at 10,833 ft.   Palm Springs and the other cities that lie within the Coachella Valley are bordered to the south by the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains National Monument mountain range. Here’s a longer view of Mt. San Jacinto and the Santa Rosa Mountains:     The Coachella Valley is bordered to the north by the Little San Bernardino Mountains. Here is a beautiful desert sunrise shot of the foothills coming out of the Little San Bernardino Mountains:     I live amongst those foothills so it’s a pretty close up shot. This is from the front yard.  The other pics above were from the back porch. I feel blessed to be here every single day!  No matter what the future may hold, the sunrises and sunsets, moonrises and moonsets that I’ve experienced living here will be reminders that there is always something to be grateful for...
Beautiful Blue Moon, August 20, 2013

Beautiful Blue Moon, August 20, 2013

What can I say, I live in a little Paradise! Tonight is a Blue Moon, and it’s a beauty. Took these from my front yard. It’s soooo bright outside, the mountains are bathed in a luminous blanket of loveliness.  How blessed we are 🙂                And the following morning the beautiful Blue Moon Goddess greeted us again.  I took these pics this morning, August 21, 2013.  Thank you moon goddess for your bright blessings!  ...

Palm Springs Weather – Hot and Smoky Fire with Chance of Falling Ash

Fire, Fire Everywhere Only a few weeks since the last big fire sent smoke and ash into the Coachella Valley, the Silver Fire burns and turns our skies smoky again. My spouse captured this photo yesterday late afternoon… …and when darkness fell we could see the flames on the ridgetops.  We took these photos from our back porch.   Last night was really windy, and it just fanned the flames, causing bright flare ups here and there, like the ones in this pic:   The smaller red dots in the foreground are the windmills. The white dots are probably cars on the I-10 freeway. Here’s a pic taken of the same general area, earlier this year – you can get some perspective with the windmills and mountains:   Best time to visit?  Spring and Winter!  The spring wildflower displays are amazing, but I will save that for a future post 🙂...
Earthquakes and Lightning and Waterspouts, Oh My!

Earthquakes and Lightning and Waterspouts, Oh My!

My longtime bff, Sandie in Florida, sent me this picture that was taken by her coworker on the way home from work a couple of days ago. It is a waterspout that formed in water off the causeway the person was driving on. The causeway is a man made piece of land that goes across the water body, put there so people could drive from one place to the other across the waterway instead of going all the way around.  So yeah, this person was driving home and oh look there’s a water spout!  A water spout is a tornado over the water, that sucks the water up into its swirlyness, making a water spout.  I know, I know, TOTALLY COOL, right?   Right!!  Unless you’re stuck in traffic on the causeway and it’s coming towards you.  Or it goes over the land and dumps a bunch of seawater on your building. When I moved to California, a lot of people made comments to me about earthquakes, like “aren’t you afraid of earthquakes?” and “aren’t they scary” and “I don’t know how you could live there!” Yes, big earthquakes are scary, or ones that are very close by. But for me personally they just don’t hold a candle in scariness to hurricanes and tornadoes, or to the kind of wrath of Zeus lightning storms that happened on a regular basis in Florida. The waterspout photo, for example, is breathtaking and wondrous and cool, however it is also very ominous. Look at those dark clouds!  I am afraid of skylines that look like that, and you know why? Because I...