I didn't have a chance to post midweek as usual because I had (and still have) the flu. But don't feel sorry for me. The doctor gave me orders to rest, and it was a wonderful luxury to sit and read for hours at a time.
Here are some pictures from our April 5th trip to The Living Desert (Palm Desert, California), a combination zoo/botanical gardens/natural history museum/wilderness park/nature preserve/education center set in the desert and featuring animals and plants of deserts around the world and a hiking trail in the mountains. From the trail we could see the San Andreas fault, a beautiful and peaceful setting for a future violent and deadly event.
[My Town Monday is the brainchild of Travis Erwin of One Word, One Rung, One Day.]
If you tilt your head to the left, you'll see two fat-tailed lizards. (If anyone knows how to fix the Blogger glitch of turning some pictures sideways, I'd appreciate hearing about it. Thanks.)
An artificial desert oasis. Some of my forthcoming (fall 2009) book, Like Mayflies in a Stream, takes place near a reed- and palm-surrounded water hole like this one. On Gilgamesh's orders, the priestess Shamhat captures the wild man Enkidu at the water hole when he comes with the gazelles to drink.