the razor sharp jumping cholla are not friends to the human species who live among them.Another name for Cholla is Jumping Cactus, because of the disconcerting habit of coming unjointed easily. If you touch even one spine it is enough to detach a joint, then when you move more joints become lodged in your skin. To make matters worse, the spines are barbed and therefore difficult to remove. We desert rats carry a comb with us. Remove the spines by sticking the comb under the cactus and flipping it away. The trick is to not flip it back into your skin. The next step is to take a pair of pliers and remove the remaining barbs. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
Due to our joyously raain filled spring, our cholla cactus is bursting forthe with multiple blooms of the most delicious colors
With temperatures of 100 plus every day here in the Mojave Desert,
I long for coolness, clouds and yes, Rain!
Fortunately , our yearly travels to the Santa Barbara area are nearing
and I will finally be free to exhale
and feel that ever so wonderful tactile experience of my feet in the soft sand
With the freezing waters of the tide washing over me
like giving birth
it is something you have to experience for yourself
you could read about it
there is nothing that compares
after months of monotone colors all around
a long drought filled summer
wild life friends migrated away
after a day of bathing in their colors, shapes, forms sizes, textures-
rolling in the sand-camera in hands
-the sun begins to set
my spirit longs for more
and then this-
How I love this time of year in the Mojave desert!
Oh-I know I wrote about the welcome cooling of our Mojave temperature recently; but;- hey! with all the bad news flying around in our country, I feel it even more fitting to celebrate the most minute of Joys!-if only for a few minutes.
What do you pause to celebrate in the nature that surrounds you?
and the rain came pouring down.....
I know, for most people its just a reason to put up an umbrella and hope your new shoes don't get ruined
here in the drought ridden Mojave desert,
is an event
one in which all living things lift upwards
and drink in the moisture from Mother nature
We dance the desert happy dance
I am so happy to have you here.
This endless summer, filled with one technical problem after another
left me frustrated and feeling defeated
My goal of opening an ETSY shop was almost abandoned
There is much power in the quote
" Never, Ever, give up."
September 26 is official opening day
I'm off for another photo shoot of vintage goods