Borrego Badlands Milky Way


A late-summer view of the Milky Way in juxtaposition with Ricardo Breceda’s giant sculpture of a Woolly Mammoth.  The glow along the bottom of the photo is a distant San Diego.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Borrego Springs, California.

The desert sculptures of Ricardo Breceda


Southern California artist Ricardo Breceda created and installed over 130 huge fanciful sculptures across the Borrego Springs, California desert landscape, each made of rugged iron and steel.

With a temperature of over 105 degrees outside, we only had the stamina to get out of the car and photograph a few of Breceda’s works. One of my favorites was this 350-foot long serpent, which undulates up then under the nearby road.

Dennis Avery (heir to the Avery label fortune) commissioned Breceda to create each of the sculptures. Avery eventually donated most of the land to California, becoming part of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and set-up a trust fund to maintain the works after his death in 2012.

Breceda is still alive and continues to make sculptures from his studio near Temecula.

The Sun rises over the Borrego Badlands


Here’s my follow-up photo of the Borrego Badlands taken a few moments after the sun broke the eastern horizon to give you an idea of how deep the arroyos are.

Looking far to the east is the Salton Sea, which today sits 235 feet BELOW sea level. From one to 5 million years ago, the Borrego Badlands were the bottom of an ancient sea..


Sunrise over the Borrego Badlands


Sunrise this morning from Font’s Point overlooking the Borrego Badlands. The location is nicknamed “California’s Grand Canyon” because it is straight down from where I made this photo. Kinda’ scary!

Font’s Point is at the end of a 4 mile long “4-wheel drive only” off-road trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near Borrego Springs.