Friday, October 25, 2013

ENDLESS Modernist Tour in Palm Springs

The sun-drenched desert of Palm Springs has been the ideal get away from the traffic jams and hustle of L.A. In the 1930s and 40s Hollywood was booming making this little oasis the destination for starlets and leading men. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Liberace, Barbara Streisand and James Brolin, all live or have had homes here. It’s little known that Depression-era Hollywood contracts forbid stars from traveling further than 200 miles from the studios. Just 90 minutes away, this glamorous town has been thriving ever since.

The hillsides of Palm Springs are dotted with wildflowers throughout the warmer months and it’s the only place in the U.S. where palm trees are native. While all this sounds picturesque, Mother Nature reveals her wicked side here as well. In addition to almost unbearable summer temperatures, which often reach 110°F, torrential rains cause water to come shooting down the mountains rushing into Palm Canyons with an unfathomable speed, etching its way into the hillsides as patterns of erosion. Michael, of The Modern Tour in Palm Springs explained, “Because it was an ancient lakebed, and because it’s so flat, if you go up 75 feet, the views are totally panoramic. At the same time, if you look at the mountains, you would think that they would suck water up like a sponge when it rains, but it’s just the opposite.”

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Joshua Trees

The Mojave desert, this place is hot and full of trees. Actually not trees to be honest, but world's largest Yucca plant, the Joshua Tree, and it grows only here, in the Mojave Desert.
We were fascinated about these eh? "trees" and had to snap a couple of favourites of these Dr Seuss characters.

They grow 2- 3 inches ( aprox 6-7 cm ) a year, takes 50 to 60 years to mature and they live for around 150 years.

Mormon pioneers are said to have named this species "Joshua" tree because it mimicked the Old Testament prophet Joshua waving them, with upraised arms, on toward the promised land.