Chez Paul


And then there were none

| When the wind blew one of my mesquite trees down last week, it was the beginning of the end. Inspecting the fallen tree and comparing it with the three still standing forced the conclusion that the trees were a disaster waiting to happen. All it would take is some winter rain to loosen the dirt and a strong wind to do the tipping. more


Palm Springs Festival of Lights parade 2017

| Palm Springs always holds its Festival of Lights parade on the first Saturday in December. Some years it is bitterly cold; other years quite balmy. This year it was clement: cool, but not so cold as to induce shivering. more


Uh-oh, something's not quite right

| There have been high winds for the past two days. So this morning when I heard a small crash from the patio I assumed it was one of my patio chairs being knocked over by the wind. Which it was. I was not, however, prepared for what I saw when I rolled over in my bed to look out the window and check on the coming dawn. more


Thanksgiving 2017

| Thanksgiving Day was served up as a near-perfect day: clear skies, soft breezes from time to time, warm (yea, a bit too warm, TBH). more


Palm Springs Pride 2017

| This past weekend was the Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival and Parade. The usual suspects assembled. more

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Photos by Rene Koster of a voyage to the South Pole: "I traveled with a sailing ship which was built in 1911; the same period the last great expeditions left for the unknown continent. Thoughts of frozen ships trapped in ice-covered seas cross my mind, images of the photographers who joined these expeditions to report of the unexplored. Fascinated by their stories I head for the same circumstances as those of the early twentieth century. A journey of longing, to a time that once was. An heroic saga; filled with hardship and adventure, in an infinite, barren land."
The stunning results of a photographer’s epic journey to the South Pole (Washington Post)