Sunday, October 28, 2007

Airport Fountain




Saturday, October 27, 2007

Fall Scarecrow


Oh Scarecrow

His rag tag hay
Have you seen it?
I have not,
until today.

Littered inside,
Spilling out.
Please don't set me.
Afire
For scare I will not

I've a hat for when
it's hot.
I'm the neighbor's
telling soul.

Pass by me please,
Notice that I've got
everything it takes
for G_od's sake.
Where's the rake?

I'm littered with straw.
For I'm scared,
of the dog's bark
when the sky blinks dark.


----------------------------------------A poem for the scarecrow I found in the neighbor's yard.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Retro Costume




Now that our "season" is here, the time of year when the snowbirds and movie stars come to get away, leaving us with what's best about Palm Springs: the party.

This woman is in some pretty groovy retro gear last year at the Palm Springs Modernism show.

I can remember the best party I think the desert's ever had is when Mamie Van Doren showed up at the Blonde Bombshell party at M Modern Gallery.

She'll be back, too--at a Christmas time party coming in December.

BTW: Why not get out that retro clothing for Halloween!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Autumn and Unautumn

Geeze, just got back from a 20 mile bike ride. Rode up Dinah Shore 5 miles out Bob Hope 5 miles to Highway 111 then rode another 10 miles back to my house.

This time of year I get to missin' autumn...so...

I leave you with this...a man with an absent fall.

Takin' the fall
Is what I've done
Fallin out of Autumn
An autumn photographer
...Drop out

No golden leaves
Nor maple ooz
Neither cool nor warm
Not hot or cold

Stiff breeze
Not
Still, so very still
Desert Autumn
Mountains status quo

Neither flowers
Nor leaves
Red and orange
And yellow

No fall, no pay
for a short day
Still, there's no way
To say autumn
In the desert

But only if you stay.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

In the Shape of an Indian Basket



Patrick Dougherty constructed this, an art installation, one of three giant pieces, inspired by the shapes of Apache and Cahuilla baskets in the Palm Springs Art Museum’s collection.

The Cahuilla tribe runs the Spa Casino and they have a fantastic Web site.

They'll be opening a huge museum (100,000 sq. ft.) here sometime in 2010. I wrote an article about it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Married Stars


Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in two attached stars on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

Just who were these two stars? They were stars of the Roy Rogers Show.

It's amazing that you can watch an episode of that show right here on my blog (see Roy Rogers link above).

At any rate, here in Palm Springs we love Roy Rogers. There's a Roy Rogers and Dale Evans suite at the Coral Sands Inn.

Rogers helped build Pioneertown, a place just north of Palm Springs where they filmed all those great B-westerns. Moviemakiers still use the town to make movies and anyone can visit there, provided you have a liken for Western folk.

I end today's post with the chorus to one of Rogers' songs, Don't Fence Me In:

Oh, give me land, lots of land
Under starry skies above,
Don't fence me in.
Let me ride through the wild open
Country that I love,
Don't fence me in.
Let me be by myself in the evening breeze-
Listen to the murmer of the cottonwood trees,
Send me off forever, but I ask you please,
Don't fence me in.
Just turn me loose,
Let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the western sky.
On my cayuse,
Let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountains rise.
I want to ride to the ridge
Where the west commences,
Gaze at the moon till I lose my senses,
Can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences,
Don't fence me in.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Palm Springs Spanish Architecture



With red tile roofs, beige stucco and welcoming arches, Palm Springs' Spanish architecture, to some, breathes life into an otherwise mundane, minimalist modern.

To be sure, I love modern, but, I'm growing fonder of the old Spanish style that was popular in the 20s and 30s.

Many new buildings use a faux Spanish, which contains many more sharp edges at corners and higher roofs, not to mention a freshness that almost seems artificial.

This week I'll be highlighting some more Spanish architecture.

Monday, October 8, 2007

American Heat Motorcycle Weekend



The bikers have come and gone. American Heat seemed to be a disappointment this year. The event was not on Palm Canyon as it had been in years past. I looked for it on both Saturday and Sunday. There were streams of bikers everywhere, but not one booth nor vendor. They were all in the parking lot of the Spa Casino, nearly three blocks from Palm Canyon. Too bad I found out after the fact on the news on KSEQ.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Monday, October 1, 2007

A Cloud's Shadow


The shadow of a cloud as it appeared on a mountain today. To watch it change shape every second was especially fascinating.