Wow, it was a really wet winter in southern California this year. If you’re thinking hot, dry, brown Mojave Desert, well, these photos will surprise you. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the desert this green before.
Yep, that’s what happens to the Coachella Valley when you add a lot of water. And little streams can turn into raging torrents.
Does the rain make the reptiles more active, I wonder? Ferda scared a rattlesnake on one of our first walks. It stayed curled in the shade while I tried (unsuccessfully) to take a photo. On another day Ferda and Gertjan scared a large rattlesnake with a girth the size of their forearms! It slithered away quickly downhill making the loudest rattle noise I’ve ever heard.
I think it was Jasper who spotted this rosy boa which was easy to photograph since they are very slow moving.
And what a treat to happen upon this mating pair of southern alligator lizards.
Jasper and Zoë came down for a quick trip from Anchorage.
And Jacqui and Gertjan visited from Vancouver.
In Palm Springs we did a short self-guided mid-century modern architecture tour.
A bit west of Palm Springs (in Whitewater) was this Desert X exhibit of a reclining person made from shipping containers.
As always for me it was a wonderful time in the desert.