Thursday, October 28, 2010

Desert Botanical Gardens, II

The monarch butterfly garden and some local bee's feasting on the pollen. A couple of the Agave plant photo's are converted to black and white in the first post. Enjoy and I hope you find these a refreshing view of the obvious. Click on the photo for a larger version. Happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix

Macro views of some very sharp defensive points.

Monday October 25, I was invited to go to the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens by my friend Zak. In the past, I wasn't one you would find rooming around in a place like this but I have to admit I really enjoyed it. If you take your time and look around you'll find beautiful color, shapes and patterns in the plants. These are some of the Black and White images I liked. I will post some of the color soon.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Desert Center, California

Over the years I've driven many times to Los Angeles, California on Interstate 10. It's 350 miles to my sister-in-laws front door. When you enter California there's a high desert community called Chiriaco Summit,,_California. It's about 35 miles East of Indio and Palm Springs.

Beyond the General Patton Memorial Museum and the Chiriaco Summit truck stop gas station there is this eerie forgotten community to the east that resembles a modern ghost town. I've driven by it dozens of times over the years and was always curious about its isolated emptiness and abandoned buildings. These are a few of the pictures I took while fulfilling my curiosity.

Addendum: I've been corrected by a blogger that the photo's I'm showing in this post are from Desert Center just East of Chiriaco Summit. For additional information about the area visit or call the Chiriaco visitors center. Here is a link to the center: