Finding Life in the Desert

posted by Sharon June 11, 2013 18 Comments
Palm Springs Pines to Palms Highway

The Pines to Palms Highway is the official name of a road that goes from the mountains to the desert. Here it is winding down the hill into Palm Springs.

From the overlook, when you turn the other direction, all around is desert, with not a pine tree or palm in sight. It’s barren, brown, rocky, desolate.

But a few miles of looping travel takes you into a land graced by palms.

We got to stay a couple of days in the heat of the desert. After a rather rough year, this time warmed me, baking out the stress. We relaxed. I spent hours on our little balcony reading. My own tiny oasis.

Here’s what I love about this little patch of desert. It’s so close to the brown hills, but plants and flowers and color are everywhere. My favorite is this delicate pinkness.

Some flourish in the heat. It’s pretty much a miracle.

These flowers and palms are remarkable because they grow on the edge of the rocky hills. Around where I live, I can see plenty of blooms and trees, but in Palm Desert, it’s as if every plant is a wonder just because it’s surviving.

Sometimes we travel through those hard, barren times. It’s easy to get discouraged. The pines-to-palms road reminded me that refreshing days can be so close. Maybe just down a few more winding turns in the road.

How about you? How have you been encouraged when you’re going through a rough patch?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Tuesday Muse, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Tones on Tuesday, and Communal Global.

The photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures Mary and Isobel and Nancy Claey’s texture Argo.

 

 

 

 

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18 Comments

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kim June 11, 2013 at 1:11 am

That road is amazing! I wish my first response to dry times was the oasis of God’s word, but often it takes me a little struggling to remember where I am to drink.

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Evelyn in Oregon June 11, 2013 at 4:25 am

I know the desert has beautiful color at times….but that road is amazing! Lovely, lovely.

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abrianna June 11, 2013 at 5:09 am

Beautiful photos and an amazing shot of the winding road.

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Pieni lintu June 11, 2013 at 8:02 am

Beautiful photos!! <3

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Raymonde June 11, 2013 at 11:02 am

Thank you for sharing and your encouraging words. Have a great week.
Visiting from P52

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bettyl June 11, 2013 at 11:12 am

Nature is certainly amazing. The colors you find in the desert are incredible.

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theartfuldiva June 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

There is more color in the desert than realizes…

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin June 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

That road is amazing, wow! Great shots!

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Nancy Claeys June 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Amazing captures – love all of the blooms you included.

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Denise June 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

This desert always has some beautiful surprises.

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Bomi June 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Beautiful:)!

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Buckeroomama June 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Those flowers are beautiful, especially the bougainvillea and the lily!

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Roberta June 12, 2013 at 12:25 am

As a teenager I drove that road many times in my vw..Lovely images!

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My Mind's Lens June 12, 2013 at 4:33 am

Ah…I love palm trees…

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Becs June 12, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Beautiful set of images. Love the contrasts in the palm trees.

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Pride in Photos Photography June 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm

The sepia processing on the palms is wonderful…gives alot of depth.

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Ida P. Krause June 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Wonderful piece with the Palms, your use of the texture is lovely. Oh and those pink flowers, stunning.
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a very nice comment of the loss of my mom’s dog, Rusty. It means a lot.

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Earl June 13, 2013 at 10:03 pm

The wonders of the desert are everywhere. All you need is to look round. Beautiful.

Earl

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