Sunday, April 28, 2024

Hike in Morongo Valley Preserve

 On Saturday, Eddie and I took a hike a Morongo Valley Preserve. 

Morongo Valley is fascinating. It is situated on a plateau/valley that is literally halfway between the low desert—Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley—and the high desert—Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree National Park.

The high desert gets much colder at night, and some of this seems to affect this valley as well.

The preserve is in a diverse riparian ecosystem that seems to have water most of the year. It is home to a zillion birds, and birders visit to take close-ups a lot.

This is a desert marshland when rains come.

Eds thinks the dead Yucca spikes look like the hazy Loch Ness Monster pictures.

An oasis in the desert

I loved these flowers. They are called "Apricot Mallow".

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