Being a prairie boy from Alberta, I really didn’t associate waterfalls with deserts until we started spending winters in Southern California.
Certainly deserts are very arid places. But I have come to appreciate how much alive deserts really are. Desert plants and animals have made amazing adaptations to survive is such a harsh environment. Following a rain, it is amazing how quickly the desert starts to green up as thirsty plants soak up as much water as they can.
Scattered throughout the area are a number of canyons that have mountain-fed streams running through them. Beautiful waterfalls among the lush vegetation thriving in this environment create a harsh contrast to the desert, which in a few cases, is just a few steps away.
Over the past month I have visited a couple of such canyons, both bordering Palm Springs. The first is Murray Canyon in the Indian Canyons area of Palm Springs. The second is Rainbow Rock Canyon in Whitewater Preserve. I thought I would share some of the beauty of these two places.