A Hike at Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve – Coachella Preserve

We enjoyed an interesting self-guided Spring hike of two oases at the Thousand Palms Oasis - Coachella Preserve (on the San Andreas Fault, no less) in the Southern California Desert (about 10 miles East of Palm Springs). Here's a video with photos that captured some of our day hiking at the Thousand Palms Oasis at … Continue reading A Hike at Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve – Coachella Preserve

Hike ~ Wall Street Mill Trail at Joshua Tree National Park (Video)

We enjoyed a great drive through much of the Joshua Tree National Park, and discovered an interesting 'flat' hike with our family ~ the Wall Street Mill Trail (adjacent to the Barker Dam Trail). The trail (approx. 4200 elevation and about 2 miles round trip) houses a historic gold ore crushing mill and stamp mill. … Continue reading Hike ~ Wall Street Mill Trail at Joshua Tree National Park (Video)

A Visit to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad

Spring has indeed sprung! Susan of SJF Communications enjoying the flower fields! Susan's friend Ninon at the Flower Fields! It was such a fun morning (into the afternoon) enjoying a wagon ride and strolling through the vividly colorful Tecolote Ranunculus flowers (and more) at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California. Here's a short SJF Communications … Continue reading A Visit to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad

A Hike at Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs (Video)

Our family spent a few wonderful hours hiking at Tahquitz Canyon ~ part of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation in Palm Springs. Take a look at our short video below with photos by Susan J Farese, SJF Communications and music by Ah Nee Mah: 'Native Visions: A Native American Music Journey'. We … Continue reading A Hike at Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs (Video)

A Glorious Day at Lake Hodges (Video)

What a spectacular day hiking at Lake Hodges in Escondido, CA! Beautiful scenery, wildflowers blooming, birds enjoying the plentiful rain that we've had lately, magnificent rainbows (did we mention the larger than life rattlesnake)? Take a look at 'art in nature' and 'nature as art'! Music: If We Knew All the Laws of Nature' by … Continue reading A Glorious Day at Lake Hodges (Video)

Photos: A Visit to Hawk Watch in Ramona, CA

It was mesmerizing to see and photograph several hawks up close and personal on January 5th at Hawk Watch Ramona, thanks to the Wildlife Research Institute ! These free Hawk Watches (donations accepted as well) will continue on Saturdays throughout January and February at 10 a.m. (suggested arrival time 9:30 a.m.). The Hawk Watch lasts … Continue reading Photos: A Visit to Hawk Watch in Ramona, CA

A Visit to a Ghost Town: Calico, CA

We had a delightful day trip on January 7th 2019 to visit the Calico Ghost Town (Yermo, CA) a former silver mining town in the Mojave Desert. Here's a short video with a photo montage by SJF Communications and some added music by 'Shake That Little Foot' and 'Scott Holmes' https://youtu.be/peK61WDQl9Q We had lunch at … Continue reading A Visit to a Ghost Town: Calico, CA

Close-Up Encounters at the Hawk Watch in Ramona!

We had such a spectacular, fun and educational morning (along with a large group of attendees) at the first 2019 'Hawk Watch' Falconry event including a Q & A with Biologists from the Wildlife Research Institute (WRI). Here is the Facebook Page for the Wildlife Research Institute: https://www.facebook.com/WildlifeResearchInstitute/ These free Hawk Watches (donations accepted as … Continue reading Close-Up Encounters at the Hawk Watch in Ramona!

A New Year’s Day Visit to the San Elijo Lagoon

Here are a few images from a brisk walk at the San Elijo Lagoon on New Year's Day! Some links: https://www.sanelijo.org/naturecenter https://www.sanelijo.org/nature-center-trail-head https://www.sanelijo.org/ All Photos by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications - 2019 An Anna's Hummingbird building and guarding her Nest - This was exciting to see! Thanks to the fellow bird watcher who told … Continue reading A New Year’s Day Visit to the San Elijo Lagoon