Posted by missjunebug on September 17, 2011
A moonscape? Planet X? No! It's the Schrimpf-Davis Seep Field near the Salton Sea. Photo by mjb2011
missjunebug has a secret obsession with the Salton Sea. And that was even before she saw the Val Kilmer film of the same name! She toured this salty, below sea-level inland sea with Mr.JB, ElderJB, and TinyJB many years ago and recently returned to do a solo drive around its entirety. She’ll save that experience for another post another day.
What she did find about half way around was really stunning: the Davis-Schrimpf Seep Field.
The Davis-Schrimpf seep field is located off Highway 111 near Calipatria, California off Davis Road, a glorified dirt road that cuts through local farm fields. As with all things Salton Sea, the Davis-Schrimpf seep field is well below sea level and super surreal. What missjunebug found was lots of mudpots bubbling up carbon dioxide gas from deep down below the surface of the earth. On the surface what you’ll see if you visit this cool seep is nifty nodules rising up. These gryphons as they’re called by geo students in the know are variously textured with mudflows and salty remains of the magma cook-off going on about a kilometer below. The smell reminds missjunebug of her family’s experience in Lassen National Volcanic Park many years ago. But the bubbling at Davis-Schrimpf isn’t hot like Bumpass Hell, just gurgly and blurpy, salty and muddy. And very, very cool if you enjoy all things geologic.
Walk carefully around the gryphons and watch your step. There are lots of pockets that are soft and several deep gurgling pits that are not feet friendly. Treat the area with respect and take plenty of pics. This is a rare geologic treat!
Next time you are within striking distance of the Salton Sea, set your GPS for the Davis Schrimpf seep field and prepare to be amazed. And if you don’t plan a road trip anytime soon, at least check out the Kilmer film Salton Sea. It’s equally surreal!
Otherworldly Seep Field! Photo by mjb2011
A Salty Jigsaw Puzzle! Photo by mjb2011
Mud Flow Gray and Gooey! Photo by mjb2011
A Last Look at the Seep Field. Photo by mjb2011
Posted by missjunebug on September 16, 2011
missjunebug hearts the Palm Springs Art Museum! Photo by mjb2011
missjunebug was prepared to be underwhelmed when she decided to finally visit the Palm Springs Art Museum. She’s been traveling to Palm Springs for many years and just never got around to checking out the local art museum, thinking it was probably too small to be interesting. But contrary to popular belief, size isn’t everything! Despite its compact three and half stories–yes, there is a half story!–the Palm Springs Art Museum packs a big punch!
When missjunebug visited a few weeks ago, she found the masters–Van Gogh and Picasso and Rothko to name a few in the Simply Masterful: Picasso and Artists of the Modern Era. But all good things must come to an end and that exhibition has closed. missjunebug apologizes for the head fake, but she mentions this exhibition to show the range of art exhibited at PSAM. Along with a few choice masters, she saw some amazing glasswork, fine Western and Indian art, and some rad geometric abstractions of the 60s and 70s. What fun! What a playful range of art work!
missjunebug encourages you to consider stopping by the Palm Springs Art Museum for an accessible art experience that inspires! The PSAM is located in downtown Palm Springs on Museum Drive at Tahquitz Canyon Way, just west of N. Palm Canyon Drive at 101 Museum Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262-5659. They’re closed on Mondays, but you can plan a visit Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost? A nominal $12.50 for adults, even less for seniors, and free for kids under 12.
The good news is that admission is FREE every Thursday from 4pm-8pm during the Palm Springs downtown Villagefest and there’s FREE admission the second Sunday of every month, too! How accommodating! So there’s simply no excuse not to tap into your inner art appreciator! Everyone has one! If you’re not convinced yet, take a look at missjunebug’s PSAM pics!
Lino Tagliapietra's "Stromboli." Photo by mjb2011
Ghostly glassy dress sculpture by Karen LaMonte captivates! Photo by mjb2011
"American Still Life" by James Urmstron is haunting and surreal. Photo by mjb2011
missjunebug has had days like this! "Apart X" by Antony Gormley. Photo by mjb2011
Beaded Bowls shine! Photo by mjb2011
Piero Dorazio's "Colorando" Plays with Color! Photo by mjb2011
Elegant arrangements of Abstract Geometrics Intrigue! Photo by mjb2011
Posted by missjunebug on September 1, 2011
The African Savanna? Nope. The Living Desert in Palm Desert!
missjunebug and her MrJB struck a deal recently: when he travels on business, she travels on pleasure. mjb suspects she has the better end of the agreement and she hopes Mr.JB doesn’t figure this out anytime soon. So when Mr.JB headed off to the exotic heat of Shanghai to wheel and deal, missjunebug headed to a more prosaic and decidedly closer heat (105°-119°) in the low desert of the twin palms: Palm Springs and Palm Desert.
missjunebug considers these two gorgeous desert cities her personal playground having traveled to them many times over the past few years. But this time she decided to play tourist.
Her digs? The fab Club Intrawest at the corner of Cook and Country Club in Palm Desert located contiguously to the meticulously groomed Desert Willow Golf Course.
A Room With a View at Club Intrawest! Photo by mjb2011
Her first stop? The Living Desert and Botanical Garden in Palm Desert at 47900 Portola Ave (760) 346-5694. missjunebug really likes their motto: Desert Conservation Through Preservation, Education, and Appreciation.
missjunebug has lots and lots of appreciation for The Living Desert. Check out her pictures and then take note of the summer hours. Admission is super reasonable–less than 3 lattes–and there are so many interesting flora and fauna to see. When you are in striking distance of L.A. you are within range of the Living Desert so don’t miss it!
Open every day June 1 to September 30
8:00am to 1:30pm
Last admission at 1:00pm
The Lush Entrance! Photo by mjb2011
The African Savanna? Nope. The Living Desert in Palm Desert!
Zebra Chillin" under the Brella! Photo by mjb2011
Nifty Fennec Fox! Photo by mjb2011
Can you find the Fennec? Clue: Look for the Big Ears! Photo by mjb2011