Friday, March 27, 2009

Skywatch Friday, Palm Springs, California.

B and I got out of Dodge for a few days. We were staying at the South end of Palm Springs, California. Here is the view at 6:30 on our first morning. What you are looking at are the mountains to West with a storm backed up to it. The wind was blowing very hard. In fact, three telephone poles snapped off, palm tree tops snapped off and there was debris all over the place. B and I went out for a walk. Living on Cape Ann, we couldn't be stopped by a little breeze.

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This is the view three mornings later. A bit of snow is still left on the peaks in the background.
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19 comments:

VALKYRIEN said...

Wonderful photos! So unusual for me to see palms and snow in the same picture! So I concentrated on the palms - I have enough snow around me as it is!

I guess we all can look forward to a lot of new shots of pretty birds!

Wish you a nice weekend!

Craig Glenn said...

Great shots indeed. That was a mean looking storm.

Craig Glenn

Eve said...

Wow that is beautiful Steve and B, but you can keep the wind, I've had enough!

Louise said...

That first shot was worth the whole trip! What a beautiful place!

Kelly said...

...the approaching storm is very cool. What a great shot. (Also love the Merganser and Swan photos below.)

The Early Birder said...

Interesting to see the 'change' over a few days Steve. Have a great time.

Steve B said...

Thanks Frank, It was very relaxing.

Hi Kelly, Craig we saw in the news that the Sierra Nevada mountains were going to get two feet and Southern California was getting rain. I joked with Becky about the rain. Funny enough, the storm blew drizzle over the mountains from those clouds.

It is real beautiful, Louise, I love the desert.

Hi Eve, We've had enough wind on Cape Ann too!

Hi Valkyrien, Palms with snow are a novelty for me too! I think the snow line was about 3000 feet for this storm.

Denise said...

Those are fantastic photos. Those storm clouds are so dramatic and then later the snow, what a contrast. Incredible scenery.

Tabib said...

Great two pictures comparison, before and after.
Storms are not great but your pictures are.

Kallen305 said...

Both pictures are stunning but the first one is absolutely breath taking!

dAwN said...

Both beautiful photos...that first one is so cool with the storm just sitting there in the mountains.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! These have to be some of the most beautiful shots I have seen in a long time Steve. The first one especially leaves me staggered and breathless. What a fantastic pic!! Thanks for sharing.

A little wind never hurt anybody although poles might be a problem. :)

Arija said...

Absolutely superb photos. The first one is completely breathtaking. The second grows on you the more you look at it.

J Bar said...

Great shots.

Roy said...

Stunning images Steve.

A New England Life said...

Such a contrast between the two. One looks tropical and warm while the other has a winter feel. I'm all for warm and palm tree's right now!

madcobug said...

Beautiful place. Great pictures. Helen

Sally in WA said...

Wonderful photos. I'd love to have some of that Palm Springs sunshine right about now.

matthew houskeeper said...

I lived in Southern California for about 5 years in the early 1990s.
About once a year, I would make a trip out to the desert and the Palm Springs area.

A big difference on the west coast is that climate is much more determined by elevation. 90 degrees in the valleys, and snow on the mountains.

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