Friday, January 20, 2012

Desert Oasis - Indian Canyons, Palm Springs


You don't have to do peyote or dehydrate to the point of hallucination to see an oasis in the middle of the desert and I have the pictures to prove it! The Agua Caliente Cahuilla (Kaw-we-ah) Indians were said to be an industrious and creative tribe with a reputation for independence, integrity and peace. They thrived in this slice of paradise with an abundance of water, plants and animals. They grew crops of melons, squash, beans and corn. They gathered plants and seeds for food, medicines and basket weaving. It was a beautiful day when we explored their sacred land but I had to wonder what it would have been like in the heat of summer. Good thing Palm Canyon is the world's largest California Fan Palm Oasis - the palms must have come in handy for fanning each other.
A hike in the Indian Canyons is a perfect way to work off all those extra calories consumed while vacationing in Palm Springs! A taste of history is better for you than a taste of chili relleno... Why not take a moment to meditate in a grass hut? Or contemplate the beauty of life in all its simplicity? I enjoy hiding around rocks and screaming "boo" at just the right moment to my unsuspecting hiking companion...



This place was so beautiful we were convinced someone came in and planted all these palms! It was like the reverse of being in Vegas, on the grounds of Mandalay Bay or some such place, and thinking it was hard to believe it was real because it felt so fake. Does that make sense?
Here's how Mother Nature planted this garden: these black seeds drop from the palms and the wildlife eat them and if they are disposed of near water, the palms can take root. Amazing!



 A forest fire tore through here in the early 90's and painted some of the tree trunks burnt umber, creating the most striking contrast with the pale stones and bright sky.
No artist could come close to creating a canvas like this... Next time you're in Palm Springs, and it's not too hot, tear yourself away from the pool and pay a visit to the Indian Canyons. 



19 comments:

absolutelyfaaabulous said...

AMAZING (as always!!). Truely so nice to travel through your blog.. imagine I am with my fur coat in Milan!! Ahaha!!

BTW, I am mentioning you again on my latest post ;)

Big kiss honey!

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Ola said...

it looks really amazing with these palms!

Jessica Nielsen said...

Beautiful pics :)
Love the nature!

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Kisses

absolutelyfaaabulous said...

Honey,

Just one question to you.. or to any of you if you are from LA!

A friend of mine is looking to buy (fake) jewellery that were worn by actresses (not necessarily famous.. just any actresses) in the studio.. do u know any shop like this in LA? She just want to buy one or two for herself, does not need to be precious or have been worn by anyone famous, it is just the idea of wearing something which you know was sort of an accessory in a movie. I recall some shops in LA selling like autographs, etc.. so this must still exist right?

THANKS SO MUCH!

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Prairie Princess said...

Oh palm springs looks so beautiful. I need to go there one day.

Xo

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Marzena said...

Oh God, I really love this photos ! It looks so amazing ! Want to go there ! Thank You so much for commented my blog Honey ! Kiss <3


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Shybiker said...

Thanks for the fabulous comment you just left. I appreciate your contribution to the discussion. Your personal history is interesting. And I've been a fan of "Mad Men" since it started. You're right about the greater femininity of that time. I grew up in the Sixties so the show reminds me of my parents' generation.

eye in the sky said...

What a spectacular place! You thoroughly captured its beauty, I was viewing each photo with mouth agape. My favorite is the stooping palm tree, one would have thought this is in some wind swept paradise, instead of a desert. :)

Non si dice piacere - La moda passa, lo stile resta said...

what an amazing pics (and travel)


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Miss B said...

wow amazing photos! :)

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The PvdH Journal said...

OHHHH I want some heat and sun! I've never been to Palm Springs, but having grown up in Mexico City I'm definitely familiar with chile relleno :)

stylecomb said...

Oh I so want to be there right now! You're so lucky to have that awesomeness so close by.

Btw so exciting that you're coming up to SF soon! Some restaurants you should try: Sushi: Tataki (my fave restaurant in the city!) Italian: A16, Mexican fusion: Loló

Those are some to start with! Obviously there are tons more!

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Lady and Olga said...

Quel paysage magnifique !

Olga

Irene Buffa said...

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this place is amazing!!

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Molliee said...

wow so exotic! I haven't been to palm springs yet but must go soon!

JazzyO said...

Beautiful breathtaking photos! I hope to visit one day. THank you for your sweet comment on my blog! I'm trying. LOL
I had to share this post w/ my FB friends.
Natalie

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