Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Fire Good

Here's what the Apache fire in Idyllwild last night. It was still burning early this morning, but now the mountain is coated with the marine layer (that would be fog) from the Pacific.

What a difference a day makes.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Longing for Good Air

I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore. Well, not really, but near.

See the picture above. It was taken a few years back when Palm Springs had good air. Seems now day after day the air here looks as if it came from a coal factory.

Come on now, if you're in Palm Springs and would like air like you see in this picture, write a line here and let me know about it.

I rode my bike today on my regular 20 mile route and all along the horizon all you could see was a mucky gray. You could see all of LA's air flowing here through the San Gorgonio pass.

What's with that. Has the U.S. government eased on air quality rules so that the desert has a future of day-after-day smog.

What do you think????

Monday, April 28, 2008

Trees Lettin' Down Their Hair

The trees are letting down their hair. As the weather heats up, the trees are dropping their flowers.

I have an issue with this type of tree, though. They seem to be blooming everywhere as they do when the weather gets hot in late spring.

The only place they're not blooming is in my front yard. I don't know what kind of tree this is, but I only know that their flowers aren't working for me.

Anybody know the species of this plant?


Friday, April 25, 2008

Hair vs No Hair

What a contrast I have going here. Can you tell me what the contrast is? Sometimes if you look at a photo long enough, you notice things that you wouldn't have if you just glanced at it.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Circle Architecture

Don't ya just love it when architects make round buildings. This is one of a few round buildings in Palm Springs. There's a cool one, too, near Demuth Park. It's a pet hospital. Speaking of pet hospitals, there supposed to build a beautiful new dog pound at the end (or beginning of Demuth Park) on Highway 111 and Mesquite.

Some neighbors are up-in-arms about it because they don't want to hear dogs barking all night. City officals have assured people that it won't be noisy.

How do they plan on getting the dogs not to bark? Maybe, give them steaks every night?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dr. Smith/Dr Peppers Office

According to the plaque on this building it's a Spanish eclectic structure that was the northernmost residence in the village of Palm Springs when it was built in the 1920s. As the city grew there was an increasing need for community services, especially along "Main Street" and Dr. Smith converted the residence to a medical office in the early 1930s. Dr. Peppers occupied the building from 1940 to 1958. The building continues to be used as office space with a change from medical to real estate in 1972.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Palm Springs Consignment Closes

After more than 10 years in business, Palm Springs Consignment is closing.

No more shopping for those mid-century modern items that, over the years, have been consigned at the store--everything from Eames chairs to Hayward-Wakefield dining sets.

No more sign photos from the photographer Matt Bamberg (that would be me).

If any retail outlets are looking for a great photography product (mid-century motel sign photography by Matt Bamberg) that sells, contact Matt Bamberg at

Shopping in Palm Springs just won't be the same without Palm Springs Consignment.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Museum Party

Palm Springs Art Museum had their membership drive last night. The drive occurs during White Party Weekend.

For you people who don't know what a white party is, it's actually a slew of parties in Palm Springs that happen every year in April. Everyone wears white at the parties, which take place all over town during the weekend.

All kinds of locals were there including the new mayor Steve Pougnet was there as were many from the local media.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Naked Sculpture in DHS

Now I wouldn't have a statue like this in my front yard, even though I think it's harmless. Here in the Coachella Valley, statuary plays an important part of landscape architecture.

Naked men come in all shapes and forms, but when their sculptures they usually possess perfect physical attributes.

I'm just wondering if anyone out there would have a statue like this in your yard. I mean, like, it's art after all, but...

maybe it's not just within the realm of your decorating tastes.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Model Home for Development that Never Happened

This house in Desert Hot Springs was a model for a development that never happened. Look at the overhangs, that's where people parked their cars when they came to at the home.

The home was built in the 50s and has all the bells and whistles of modern--clean lines, natural materials and huge windows. The home also appears to have sloping walls, very unique in modern homes of the era.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

More New Modern Architecture

Lots of materials go into the houses built in Palm Springs today, everything from stone to wood.

The materials are natural, but I'm not fond of wood mixed with stone. I think metal's a better match.

Monday, April 14, 2008

O'Donnell Golf Course

The grounds of the O'Donnell Golf Course are simply gorgeous.
If you like playing a 9-hole course, this is the place.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Ginny Foat Participates

Hello to Ginny Foat. My neighborhood in Palm Springs, the Dumuth Park area, is forming a neighborhood association.

City council member Ginny Foat (third from left in picture) showed up at our first meeting. Thanks Ginny!

Friday, April 11, 2008

New Early 21st Century Modern

New to the 21st century from Palm Springs is the geometric chair (that's what I call it, anyway). This chair and others are on display at on the gallery walks in South Palm Springs.

You can't tell which part is the front or back of this chair. Just in case you wanted to know this is a picture taken from behind the chair. The back of it is painted with colored, geometric shapes.

Fifty years from now people will look at this chair and call it early 21st century modern.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Weird Cloud Formation

No Photoshop on this one folks. This weird cloud formation is for real. I observed it yesterday while walking to the park by my house in Palm Springs, CA.

Something like this cloud formation is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After I left my house I had to run back again to get my camera so I could shoot it.

The formation held together for about 20 minutes just before sunset.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Kidney-Shaped Swimming Pool

Back in the 1950s, they had style. They built kidney-shaped coffee tables and swimming pools.

This is a swimming pool (a neighbor's) that was built in the 1950s. It's totally original without one spec of remodeling done to it.

As far as swimming is concerned some brave people are. I even took a dip. The weather's been windy and cool so that the swimming pools haven't heated up yet. They're cold as ice, but refreshing, nonetheless.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Photo Printing Options

I can remember just not too long ago when I had all my photography printed out by a lab. Now that the digital age has arrived, I find myself with no hard copies of my work. Sure, I print out some of my work, but it's expensive and time-consuming.

There's just something about having your photos touch your hands that gives them more meaning. I've got hundreds of photos sitting in my computer that I want printed out.

When I print out the best photos of Palm Springs Daily Photo using my printer, I know I have a cheaper and quicker option available to me at I can get images printed out for just 5 cents apiece.

Do you have images in your computer that are waiting to be printed? Have you found that there just aren't enough hours in a day to print out all of your travel photos?

You too can get photo prints for as little as $.05 a copy.

It's not too late, either, to get a 2008 photo calendar with your own photos printed on it. It's great to know that you can publish your own work in the form of a calendar.

Having your photography printed on canvas is another option offered at Imagine having your photo printed on canvas and stretched over a frame. offers a photo canvas for any of your images starting at $13.95.

Digital Photography Gallery

See the faint image of the Western Landscape through the glass that's reflecting just about everything around it? It's digital photography by Gary Dorothy.

Opening up a gallery like that is a lot of work. It's really nice inside and I think he does well. His images are beautiful.

Here's the info for this shopping locale--

Imageville Gallery -
128 La Plaza on Indian Canyon Drive, (760) 416-9825

Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Bottlebrush

The bottlebrush tree is one of the few plants that grows both in wet and dry climates.

The lovely red blooms are soft and furry to the touch. The plant is a favorite among golfers because it drips heavy blooms over the course.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Kim Chasen Art

Kim Chasen (left) is a modern artist. Her paintings include a variety of colors and shapes that take you back to another time.

Chasen's work is perfect for many Palm Springs homes. Many homes here have white walls, begging for color.

Chasen's paintings add not only color but textures. That's what makes her work unique.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Gallery Walk

This is the scene in front of Dezart One Gallery in Palm Springs last Saturday night. It was one of several galleries that open at night for art walks and/or shows.

Dezart One Gallery is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. This gallery is located at 2688 Cherokee Way in Palm Springs. There are several others in the modern mall space on Cherokee Way.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Women

The movie trailer for "The Women" says, "it's all about men," or more specifically, "135 women with nothing on their minds but men." The movie was made in 1939 and has an all-female cast.

Now it comes to the Palm Canyon Theater in Palm Springs. Oh boy! Or should I say, Oh girl!

With lines like "jungle red" and "there's a name for you ladies not used in high society--outside of the kennel," you just can't go wrong.