Palm Springs Diary / Part 6: The Living Desert: Part 1: Marilyn’s Merry-Go-Round

23 May

The Living Desert

The Living Desert is a Zoo and Botanical Garden … of sorts – with a theme of the world’s Deserts – it’s plants and creatures – plus other attractions. It’s large. You could probably spend the whole day here if you wanted to.

I have to confess though, that I’m not a big fan of Zoos. A lot of the animals don’t seem very happy to me. Just sitting there. Not that you can always tell … I mean what does a happy turtle look like? They don’t wag their tails or anything …

Anyway … still plenty to see.

Zoo map

at the entrance

At the Entrance


Have you hugged your coyote today?

Cactus garden

Cactus Garden

Palm Forest

Palm Forest

In the glade

In the glade

Marilyn’s Merry-Go-Round

Marilyn's Merry-Go-Round

Marilyn's Merry-Go-Round Poster

Rose Lion

Rose roars !


A steed of renown 

Lets' ride !

Lets’ ride !

Yeee Hawww !

Yeee Hawww !

hummingbirds 2

Near by plaque

Nearby memorial

hummingbirds 2

Jackalope /  Zoo infirmary

Jackalope in Zoo infirmary

3 Responses to “Palm Springs Diary / Part 6: The Living Desert: Part 1: Marilyn’s Merry-Go-Round”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong May 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    That’s MY carousel. I want it. What amazing animals on that merry-go-round. I think they are the most imaginative carvings of that kind I’ve seen — and I’ve seen a LOT of them. Love the birds and the wings. Totally wonderful and it’s MINE!

  2. jcalberta May 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    I dedicate this to you as a true Connoisseur of Carousels.!
    Wished I’d taken more pictures.

    • Marilyn Armstrong May 23, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

      I wish you had too but more, I wish I’d been there 🙂

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