Beautiful photos. I knew that the desert would bloom this spring after all of the exceptional rain there has been. Of course, then there will be a greater risk of wildfires later in the year. You can't have it all.
Palm Springs has always been a mystery to me. Even though I lived in Southern California for 6 years, the closest I ever got to it was passing the exit on the freeway. I have been to a lot of the crummy towns in the area, though. That perfectly preserved architecture from the 20th century is definitely a reason to visit.
For those not familiar with Palm Springs' history, it was a hot spot in the 50's, 60's and early 70's as a Hollywood gateway. In the old Studio System, stars could only go 100 miles away from the Studio in Hollywood, so they could be called in quickly for shooting, etc., if needed. Palm Springs was 90 miles. Name just about any popular movie star from that era and they had a second home here. Then, as the Studio system started to fade and stars started traveling to more exotic locales, Palm Springs declined. In the 80's and 90's the Gay Community started buying and renovating the out-of-fashion midcentury homes and it has now become trendy again. Around and around we go.
Great picture portfolio, Bubba! I've always been fascinated by that era, which incorporated some wonderful design and practicality. Interesting that it's very hot right now again. Any idea if those period signs -- Stardust and Canyon -- are original to their buildings or something put on by a 50s-mad homeowner?
These look familiar to anyone who looks at Houzz. Since mid-century modern design is popular right now, they often feature houses from the mid-20th century and their renovations. And many of those houses are in Palm Springs.
Some wierd and wonderful stuff there, no doubt lovely well epuipped homes, but the gardens look very artificial. The very last picture took my eye, looks like an outlandish pattern painting. Does the further estate show fire damage, all the gardens are black.
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Post by cheerypeabrain on Mar 12, 2019 8:19:22 GMT
I'm trying really hard not to gush These are fabulous bubba10. Are the little round flowers verbena? Must look them up...
The colours are stunning, I really like the light on the trunks of the palm trees and the stillness of each scene. Those houses look amazing...like a film set. The blue, blue skies contrast rather spectacularly with the milky grey skies over the UK right now...*sigh*
Once again, a photo essay here is fascinating. K2 pointed out this movie in an earlier post, but another look could be taken in the context of these photos. This is a German film that became a cult classic on late night American tv. Much loved characters in the California desert. Bagdad Cafe
Huckle: Coincidentally, the last photo and the Cafe sign above it are a few miles away from where the movie was set. The actual town exists on a map, but there is nothing there. The movie was filmed in Newberry Springs a short distance away for the historical ghost town.