Monday, April 21, 2008

A Visit to Whitewater Preserve, Part 1

Today is the first in a two-part series about my recent visit to the Whitewater Preserve, a wildlands conservation just north of Palm Springs.

Whitewater Preserve is 2,851 acres in the San Gorgonio wilderness and is part of a larger 33,000-acre "Sand to Snow Preserve System." Amazingly, despite being in the middle of the desert, the Whitewater River runs year-round, through the preserve, giving life to all sorts of vegetation that serve as a habitat for the endangered critters and a respite for migrating birds. The canyon plays host to a substantial population of bighorn sheep, snakes, deer, mountain lions and bears... oh my! In this first installment, I am presenting photos of my journey into the Whitewater Preserve...

above: This scary sign warns visitors of what lies ahead...

above: This was the view looking north, into the preserve. You can just barely see a patch of deep green vegetation, which is deep in the canyon.

above: I really enjoyed the colors of the San Gorgonio mountains. In this photo you can see some of the coloration from the mineral deposits in the mountains.

above: This is a portion of the Whitewater river, running from the preserve. It's small at this time of year but it does flow all year long, providing valuable ongoing replenishment to the Palm Springs Aquifer underground.

above: I stopped to look downward, onto the whitewater river.

above: this is the view looking back out of the preserve, so I am facing south, staring at the north face of the San Jacinto Mountains, which still have quite a bit of snow on them.

above: Deep in the canyon of the preserve, I studied the sides of the mountains. The rock formations, mineral content and texture was beautiful.

above: These rocks at the base of the ridge had the most interesting horizontal colors and deposits dating back to their early formation.

above: The first part of my journey into the preserve was a feast for the eyes. But I did not yet know what was further down the road, deeper in the canyons of Whitewater Preserve. Please come back tomorrow for part 2 of my journey...
-Rick Rockhill

11 comments:

Tod said...

Wow, beautiful photos! So different from our UK landscape. Thanks for the trip!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

beautiful, but rick? i want to see the bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, and floods. you ARE going to show us those photos, right? ha ha ha

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

tt said...

Oooo...I can't wait. I love going places like that! The scenery is magnificent. I love mountians and colors. Lovee and I took something like 300 pics when we went to the Grand Canyon a couple years ago. The shadows keep changing how it all looked.I'll be back tomorrow....Thanks!!!

Tea N. Crumpet said...

My late father founded a whitewater preserve in Cochise County, AZ where cranes inter over.I never got to see it, but I know it is in the middle of the desert.

I had no idea what they looked like or that there was more than one Whitewater Preserve.

Do you have giant cacti out there, as well?

Rhodester said...

Rick, can I borrow that warning sign to tack onto our front door? We've been busy and haven't had a chance to clean for awhile.

Sheila said...

Thanks for the wonderful look at this area.

Cheryl said...

A fine job, as usual Rick. Thanks for the tour and I'll look forward to part 2.

whimsical brainpan said...

Simply breathtaking!

Jeni said...

WOW! What great pics there! I love when other bloggers take me on a tour of so many different places -gives me a chance to see and learn so much while I'm just sitting here at my old faithful computer, reading away. Keep up the photo parade!

WAT said...

Oh, this place looks cool! I'd like to go someday, except the bilingual English/Spanish warning sign freaks me out a bit! LOLOL!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

What a magnificent place Rick....I've never been there, so this is a real treat! I love the WARNING and PRECAUTION Sign....lol.
That could scare one sufficiently so you might not get out of your car!

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