Saturday, December 26, 2009

Desert Sky

Crazy blue wind swept sky. Clouds like you kind of don't believe. So big, and powerful- at least in how they effect light. The shadows they cast. Palm Springs isn't the Nowhere kind of desert experience, but still,  it is the in-the-middle-of-nowhere kind of weird place.  Like Vegas, the sense of inescapable nature is brutal and it abounds, stubborn-ness prevails. Makes me feel small.  Such a strange culture, the people that run to and settle in the desert. Characters galore. The cocktail lounge is a true gem in these parts.  The pictures here capture the light and the beauty that never fails to strike me. I didn't really like the shots I took of what I just described. Perhaps it's the optimist in me... 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday air

Lights are up, the sun is setting early and the chipmunks album is playing. Christmas in LA is hard to understand for those who don't live here, but it is that time of year-- everywhere.  The palm trees are standing tall against the blue sky and it is warm. Our family from back east can't believe it. But there is a slight desert chill- one that I love. It is beautiful and crisp, just enough to evoke the feeling of winter. In the visible distance, there are big mountains covered with post-card snow. Makes you want to wear scarves and light a fire and drink hot drinks. Too bad we don't have a fire place.  But!  We can still light the grill and play softball in the street. Joy!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Good Morning Sunshine

Eggs in a nest on a crisp lazy morning after the rain. Going to the market to look for late season figs to make fig jam.  We may be too late, which may be a good excuse. Then to the hardware store for a new tool box.