It has gestating for months, it has been under construction for many more months and it has been re-edited for yet another month or so, but finally it has arrived!
I have rounded up the most meaningful images I have acquired over the fours years hiking, playing and simply enjoying the times I have spent in the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and it's adjoining Covington Park. This oasis with it's velvet green soothing interior echoing the songs of dozens of birds who flit around in the cooling shade is relatively unknown to the thousands of tourists who pass daily, literally within a quarter of a mile of it's gates, on their way to the much more famous Joshua Tree National Park.
The oasis has more to offer than the serene green canopy and gently flowing water. Within 5 minutes of walking the shade gives way to rugged barren hillsides with brittle sharp desert foliage, rocky trails and brilliant desert sun. Hiking trails lead up above the oasis and where the view takes in Mt San Gorgonio, Mt San Jacinto and the Morongo Basin.
This 50 page coffee table book of mostly photos, but a little text here and there, is a gift to myself. Something I can revisit whenever the peaceful core of my soul gets a little turbulent and I am craving the serenity of the oasis. I showed the finished book to a couple of friends and the orders have started coming in. I knew I wasn't the only one who loves the Preserve but, even so, I am startled and thrilled by the interest shown in my book. I've had several more printed and am being encouraged to do a book signing at the Art Colony of Morongo Valley's 52nd Anniversary this weekend. I am donating a portion of the proceeds back to the Preserve.
It can also be purchased at the Cactus Mart, in Morongo Valley.