Posts Tagged ‘Andreas Canyon

17
Apr
15

Fan Palms & Renovation

Recently, I became more familiar with the use of the fronds from Mexican (Washingtonia robusta) fan palm trees. You may have seen thatched roofs (palapa’s) on Mexican beaches offering shade while you sip a bebida. This time, I came upon the renovation of an old house damaged in a flash flood where fan palm fronds were being used to install siding. I checked further and noted the nearby trimming of the fronds/petioles from the skirt around a tree. An admirable, yet arduous task it seemed.

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Nearby, I found the source for the fronds….

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The renovator has gone in under the skirt of the tree and trimmed away at the thick petioles that attach the frond to the trunk of the tree….

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Lumber must be scarce or the person has a penchant for immediately available, natural materials…

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A palapa/canopy near Andreas Creek a few miles from the renovation project.

A replica of an Agua Caliente Cahuilla structure using the same fan palm fronds & materials from the tree’s skirt….

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15
Apr
15

Looking up……

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”    Pema Chödrön

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15
Apr
15

Andreas Canyon

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14
Apr
15

Transparent wings….

the red dragonfly

transparent wings and shadows

almost invisible

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12
Apr
15

tilt……

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11
Apr
15

At one with nature…..

rocky environment

homes at one with surroundings

rock solid vision

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11
Apr
15

Leaning Fan Palms……

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10
Apr
15

Andreas Canyon……..

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10
Apr
15

textures in an oasis….

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09
Apr
15

my friend, the lizard…

I am not sure if the lizard was cooperative, inquisitive or thinking about leaping in my face. I had spotted the lizard, about a foot long, scurrying up a rock face along a trail. I took some distance shots, about ten feet away, but I wanted to try for a close up with a new, little Olympus Tough camera (TG-860..purchased as a waterproof, submersible, backup camera). It just happens to take nice macro shots.

Being increasingly challenged in climbing and coordination, I found myself seven or eight feet up a rock wall trying to get near the lizard. The lizard scurried ever higher, as did I. Eventually, I realized I was not going to get that closeup and I was much too high up for this vertically challenged ‘senior’ (did I just really type that?!). I turned to look down and knew the descent, short for a 10 year old/problematic for a someone older, was going to be a sliding, gritty, abrasive affair.

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Just as I turned to consider my route back down from the evasive lizard…the lizard slowing inched down to within inches of my hands. Hmm? Really? I balanced, teetering and positioned the camera within a few inches of the lizard’s head! I took one shot and away scurried the lizard. My descent, although bumpy, was less stressful.




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