Monday, March 4, 2013

Borrego Springs Rides Again

Yep, we were just in Borrego Springs in January. And yep, we just went back again this weekend--reason being that Bill received an award in the annual Anza Borrego Foundation Photography Contest for the above shot, "Daybreak, Font's Point." All of the photos were for sale in a silent auction to benefit the Foundation. We're happy to report that Bill's was one of the most popular in the Landscapes category, in terms of number of bids.

The show and reception were held at the Borrego Art Institute's brand new gallery on Christmas Circle. This is a beautiful, renovated mid-century modern building with vaulted ceilings and generous exhibition space. Next fall the Red Ocotillo Restaurant will open in the same building. The gallery has a strong focus on community service, including programs that involve local schoolchildren.

We also went to the Annual Plant Show and Sale sponsored by ABDNHA (Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association). Lots of interesting desert plants and happy, friendly Borregans, not to mention fresh grapefruit juice and homemade cookies. Our favorite plant was the Cinita Cactus, below--a native of Baja that has no spines! Elsewhere in Borrego we saw some large specimens of these--big, tall cactus columns. We didn't bring one home with us, though--not cold-tolerant enough for our high desert home. 

It was a gorgeous weekend, sunny and toasty with temperatures in the 80s. We stocked up on Seely Reds, oranges, and lemons, and soaked up the sunshine--it was the warmest we'd been in months!