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Water Drops

Water Drops Photo and caption by melahat KIZIL

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Thanks Ailsa for the invitation to take part in this weekely Travel celebration!  I had just read your post before the invite and it is fascinating to me.

I have a few of my favorite “leafy pics” I would like to share from the desert perspective.  Many of you have never traveled to the desert areas of Southern California, so I am giving you a tiny tour of the desertscape, as I like to call it.  Very different from the Northwestern conifers that I grew up with in Seattle, Washington, or the deciduous colorful falls in Athens, Ohio, where I lived over 35 years ago.  But I have grown to love my home and the desert environment I live in.  I hope you enjoy this little mini tour:

As little water is required in my yard since we planted vegetation that are eco friendly and require minimal moisture to thrive…

My Sago palm in my front yard in Palm Desert, CA.

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and a few steps a away the tiny leaves of this Ocotillo show some tiny bugs trying to infest the plant, but we addressed their presence before they could do so ;-)  The Ocotillo blooms when it rains, even a little bit…

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and right next to the Ocotillo my this Agave is spreading like wildfire, we have to cut it back constantly from the bottom up…

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and not far away is another agave type plant that is seeding right now…

In the backyard is this wispy little guy, not sure what it is called but it is varigated in color and interesting to look at~

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And of course, my two favorite palm trees that stand guard over all of these, from their lofty perches.  I don’t have a close up of their foliage on hand but from a distance, they are still most regal:

 

 

 

At a local park, Cahuilla Park,  I  see a bigger variety of trees and plants which are just a couple of miles from my home in Palm Desert:

 

 

 

So without having to drive more than 10 minutes I get a variety of foliage in all shapes, textures and sizes… and for that I am very grateful!

To see more amazing tours of the Foliage world check out this blog:

http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/09/28/travel-theme-foliage/

 

 

As my bi-line in my blog states:  I am Happy, Healthy and In Love!  And that would not be possible if I hadn’t met my soul mate in 1988.  We have been in a committed relationship since January of 1989, and married since March of 1993. My husband David is my best friend and we have been through a lot together these last 23+ years.  My Favorite Spot is “With Him”

We went on some surf trips to Mexico in our early days..

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My husband fell 30 feet back in August of 1993, and was in a coma for many days and wheelchair bound for 18 months. He had a spinal fusion, two knee replacements, shoulder surgery, and it was a tough road for many years.

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Since then we have travelled some, to Hawaii a few times, to Lake Powell for some hiking and photography..

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We love to laugh and play hide and go seek with one another… he makes me laugh a lot!!!

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Last Christmas we went to San Francisco on a Christmas Cruise with his company

 

We love to travel, stay home or just watch football all Sunday on NFL Redzone!!!  I feel blessed to have a soul mate who “gets” me, and doesn’t try to change me… through thick or through thin we are in this together!!

 

 

How could this not be my “Favorite Spot”?  At my husbands side… til death do us part, and beyond!!!

 

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2nd attempt at new Photoshop Elements 10 software… baby steps

time to go to sleep…

time to go to sleep...

I’m pooped… see you in the morning my friends!

Electrified Eiffel

mocha sky

the hills

dreamy eyes

Fiery sunrise

More sunrising

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