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Our Mascots: Grevy’s Zebras

Nikon D80 55-200mm 145mm ISO 200 1/30 f/11 -2/+2 Lr3 HDREfex Pro

Grevy’s Zebras AKA Imperial Zebras are the largest zebras on the planet and were named after Jules Grevy, a president of France in the nineteenth century who was presented with one of his namesakes by the government of Abysinnia.  There are only about 2,500 of this species left in the wild, so viewing this trio was a special moment.  The zebra in the foreground must have some super model in him or her, as it seemed to be striking poses as I was triggering the camera. These striped beauties live at The Living Desert, Palm Desert, California.

If you know Judy and I, you know why these animals are our mascots.


Where Dinosaurs Roamed

Nikon D80 18-135mm 24mm ISO 200 1/20 f/11 +2/-2 Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

A succulent garden at The Living Desert in Palm Desert, California, in my mind it conjures up dinosaurs roaming the world in the pre-historic era.


Desert Garden Gate

Nikon D80 18-135mm 18mm ISO 200 1/10 f/11 +2/-2 Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

This gate is one of the entrances to a garden with a water feature just outside the Palo Verde Garden Center and Nursery which is located on the grounds of the Living Desert in Palm Desert, California.  Despite being situated in the Sonoran Desert, the Living Desert property is an oasis, whether natural, or as I suspect, helped by man, and that is most notable in the shaded areas, which feel at least 10 degrees cooler than the non-shaded areas.

I was attracted to the adobe like wall and the weathered wood and rusted iron gate which fit perfectly in to the curved arch.  Since I have been practicing my HDR skills, the tones and textures in this image have pleased me the most.  The detail and texture were enhanced with a custom application of Nik Sharpener Pro.