Borrego Palm Canyon

Borrego Palm Canyon, Salton Sea, California USA, 30 September 2016

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This is a map of our journey to LA, the Salton Sea and Joshua National Park.  You may need to click on it to see more detail (all images are larger if you click on them).

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Dawn at the Salton Sea.

We drove from LA 160 miles (260km) WSW to Salton City on the Salton Sea.  We were guests of Jeni Bate who I had met online through our respective WordPress sites.  She showed us around the Salton Sea area and we had a great time.  I highly recommend you visit her Art Website:  Skyscapes for the Soul.

(More on the ecology and history of the area in a later post).

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

We headed west from Salton City in the morning.  This is a view from the side of the road, perhaps at Montezuma Valley Road Lookout.

We stopped for lunch in the small town of Borrego and saw an exhibition of Jeni’s paintings at the Borrego Art Institute.

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

This whole area is desert of course.  We’re now heading towards Borrego Palm Canyon in Anzo-Borrego Desert State Park.  This appears to be at the Borrego Palm Canyon Trailhead.

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

In the canyon now.  This is a barrel cactus.

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

A hummingbird feeding on an ocotillo (fouquieria splendens).

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

We met other walkers who had seen bighorn sheep up on the rocky sides of the mountains but we didn’t see them.  (Borrego is the Spanish word for these sheep).

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Our destination is a grove of Californian Palms (washingtonia filifera), fed by spring water.

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

The palms can grow up to 20 to 25 metres (60 to 80 feet).

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Heading back.  An ocotillo in a barren landscape.

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Borrego Palm Canyon, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Desert cacti, perhaps clavellina cholla.

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4 comments on “Borrego Palm Canyon

  1. kscarlett@internode.on.net says:

    Great pics Murray

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Meredith says:

    Superb Photos again Murray
    Really beautiful!
    Thanks !
    Meredith

    Liked by 1 person

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