Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Desert Spring Flowers and Galleta Meadows Estate

3/11/17 Saturday in Palm Desert, CA (Palm Springs-TT)

We heard that a rare 10 year “Super bloom” was happening now in the desert. I even read somewhere that this was better than the last 10 year Super bloom. So we took off for Anza-Borrego SP with our good friends Jack/Jackie, leaving by 7:45am. Unfortunately a whole lot of other people had heard this great news too (plus it was Saturday). We did stop in Henderson Canyon, on the way to take lots of great photos of those flowers.  (When you click on each image it will show the caption)

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Arizona Lupine

By the time we reached Borrego Springs (heading for the Visitor Center) we were stuck in major congestion. The a park ranger directed us away from the Visitor Center: no parking available. We sure were glad we’d stopped for those great photos earlier. The guys suggested we visit the sculptures we hadn’t been able to see on our last trip, so here are more sculpture images, along with some more great flower photos from this area.   (When you click on each image it will show the caption)

Sunday afternoon I helped Jackie with her Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 program, then we celebrated her birthday by taking her and Jack out to Red Robin (burgers). Yum! When we returned to the campground for the rest of our evening, we visited with the Lewis & Clark group outside. I loved the full moon that showed up then.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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