Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spotlight on Bill

Bill has a new photography website up and running. Check it out by clicking here. He took the above photo during our trip to Borrego in February, along Palm Canyon Trail. It will be on display at at the 29 Palms Gallery from April 28-May 30. (Reception Sunday, May 2)

Bill took this image of a mask years ago at Village Fest in Palm Springs. It was originally a color shot, and he recently converted it to black and white. We saw this mask on repeated trips to Palm Springs and were always captivated by it. It incorporates more animal parts than any mask we have ever seen. Lots of juju here!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Signs of Spring

This year has been a great one for Joshua tree blooms. They don't bloom every year, and this is the first time we've seen them. This photo of a tree with an obligingly low branch was taken in Hidden Valley.

Everyone and everything is glad that winter is over. Now that things are finally warming up, we have been on the lookout for the first snake of the season. Bill saw it yesterday--a rosy boa in the back yard. Rosy boas are harmless and this one was moving very slowly. It inspired the following poem:

First Snake
The first snake of spring, a rosy boa,
inches along the rock wall, somnolent,
testing the barely warm enough air,
and shaking off torpor with each small thrust
of its head. No rush. The dark secret
of a winter lair is irrelevant. On a rock
already warmed, the grey and rusty coils
drape like an exhausted shawl.
Every year it’s too cold for too long.
But this is home. There is no changing it.

Unfortunately, there is trouble in paradise. Burrtec, our local trash hauler, wants to build a new facility about a mile from our house, on 7.5 acres of open desert pictured above. (Those Joshua trees are tagged for removal.) We are involved in the effort to stop this from happening. You can read all about it at

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Equinox Magic

On Saturday March 20--the Spring Equinox--Bill and I went to an unforgettable event at Le Haut Desert Aerie, the home of Eric Mueller and Liz Mediavilla.

This event combined a potluck for Boulder Community Gardens with an outdoor art walk featuring Swiss artist Didier Mouron. Mouron creates his art solely with graphite pencil. The images are as detailed as photographs and otherworldly in their subject matter.

Mouron likes to display his work in outdoor settings, mounted on self-illuminating pedestals that he invented called "Tot'ms." That night, a series of eight pieces were set up along a private road among the boulders, with bonfires burning all along the route as the sun went down.

I don't have my own pictures of the event, but you can see them at Didier Mouron's website by clicking here

The artwalk was followed by an outdoor "trance dance" with live music by Robbi Robb and Amritakripa. What a night! Only in the desert!