North America’s Swift Fox

Once found across the vast prairies of the Canadian and American Great Plains, Swift foxes have experienced significant population declines.

Weighing just 5 to 7 lbs, fewer than a thousand Swift foxes are estimated to be in the wilds of Canada today, but up significantly since conservation efforts began in the 1980s.

This Swift Fox lives at The Living Desert near Palm Springs.

California’s Colorado Desert

California’s Colorado Desert is part of the larger Sonoran Desert, encompassing approximately 7 million acres.

The weather will be well over 100 degrees in the shade later today across most of California’s Colorado Desert. Fortunately for local hikers, it will be a most pleasant 76 degrees along the trail on their early morning walk.

Western Screech Owl. Coachella Valley.

Spotted this Western Screech Owl sitting high up among the leaves of a tall palm tree while on a walk this morning through The Living Desert near Palm Springs. I think she was hungry and thought I was a mouse!

I’m glad I was carrying my Canon EOS R with the Tamron 100-400 lens…

The California Building, Balboa Park

The California Building, with its ornate facade and blue-and-gold dome, is seen through the trees from the 450-foot Bashor Bridge inside the San Diego Zoo.

Designed by architect Bertram Goodhue, the California Building was erected for the 1915–16 Panama-California Exposition and served as the grand entry to the Expo.

The red-roof buildings in the foreground are part of Benchley Plaza. The plaza is named after Belle Jennings Benchley, known as “The Zoo Lady,” who was the director of the San Diego Zoo from 1927 to 1953 and credited for transforming the zoo into a world-class institution.

Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette

This post is for all you fans of the television show, The Bachelorette.

According to all the gossip columnists who track important news like celebrity sightings around the Coachella Valley, 39-year old Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette is rumored to currently being filmed “in a bubble” down the street from my desert casita hideaway in La Quinta, California.

Of course, La Quinta is the winter home to many of the rich and famous, so for year-round locals it’s really not a big deal to see a gaggle of pretty people shopping at the local Ralph’s Grocery, dipping a spoon into a genuine date shake from Shield’s, or saddled up to the La Quinta Resort’s bar, Morgan’s in the Desert, sipping on an African Flower.

The legendary Waldorf Astoria’s La Quinta Resort & Club (and one of my favorite places to play, chill and send visiting family and friends) is entirely shut down for filming. Security is shooing lookey-loo neighbors away. No hotel rooms available until September. No tee-times on the Mountain course.

That’s really O.K. by me, because it’s literally 113°F (45°C) in the shade (it was 120 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday) and I’m currently digging my toes into the sand at the beach where its 45°F cooler!

If you ever find yourself in the Coachella Valley once things cool down, make a stop at the La Quinta Resort. And, while you’re there, have dinner at Morgan’s in the Desert and order yourself an African Flower.