A Desert Botanical Garden

Recently I had an opportunity to visit Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs. The garden features cactus, succulents and other plants found in various desert environments.

The garden has an interesting history. According to their website it was created by “Chester ‘Cactus Slim’ Moorten and his wife, Patricia. Cactus Slim was an original Keystone Cop and a stand-in for Howard Hughes. He developed tuberculosis on a film set and recovered in Cottonwood Springs, near Joshua Tree, where he panned for gold and collected beautiful cactuses. He learned mining was hard work and selling prickly plants paid better.

In search of more customers, Chester came to Palm Springs in 1938, met Patricia, who also had an interest in succulents, and they bought the property, which became Moorten Botanical Garden, from renowned nature and desert photographer Stephen Willard.” (http://www.moortenbotanicalgarden.com/about-moortens/ )

While there, I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours practicing small scene/abstract photography. Hopefully you enjoy the following images. As always, I welcome any comments.

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