Posts Tagged ‘Wentworth Canyon

25
Apr
15

closed in the desert….

closed for business

hard times in a lonely place

even the door’s gone

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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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10
Apr
15

an old Spam can……..

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An stone foundation and lumber debris points the way to an old structure at the mouth of Wentworth Canyon. Flash floods have hit the area before, but I couldn’t say that caused the destruction of this building. Nearby the rusted tin cans and glass pieces typical of someone living/eating nearby.
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09
Apr
15

Abandoned Building….

old windows open

someone forgot to close them

the glass long broken

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