But Palm Springs did contain much beauty.
The cactus's ... cacti (?) ... were amazing. Splashes of colour here and there to excite my eyes.
And yep, it's true ...
those needles are sharp like needles
The bug life in the desert was very different to what we are used to. Luckily we were not pestered by many insects, (I hate bugs), but Dreamer found this monster insect sucking nectar or water from a plant. It was about 2 or 3 inches long!
There then there were the many different types of palm trees to be seen. We figure that this one is used to make hula skirts.
To help you understand how big some of them grow ... realize that I am pointing the camera straight up to get this shot. So unusual.
We stopped at a very informative Visitor Information Station and was blessed with a woman who wanted to share ALL she knew about the desert, its plants and animals. They even had a display of animal and bird droppings ... I think it is called 'scat'. Don't be too revolted ... the display was under glass.
They also had a display of the local snakes. Fortunately these 'stuffed' ones were the only ones that we encountered on our trip.