Palm Springs Cactarium

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Just when you thought our work here was done, I found a lost roll of film under my bed from Palm Springs. 

I had a pulled pork sandwich at the Ace Hotel that day, we took some photobooth pics and as it started to rain, Michael and I ducked into the Moorten Botanical Garden, a homespun 1 acre plot jampacked with 3000 desert plants. The day was finished off by a banana date milkshake and the long drive home to LA. I think the catci should be flowering soon, and I'd really love to go back to see it. 

40 comments:

  1. i have never seen so many cacti! were you not afraid you'd get poked? :-P

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  2. Wow, that is the coolest place!

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  3. i think i have a crush on the both of you- adorable! & those cacti are pretty incredible.

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    1. it's pretty crazy and janky in the best way!

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  5. this place looks absolutely divine!

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  6. I wouldn't trust myself amongst so many spikes. Ouch.

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  7. Oh !I would love to spend some hours drawing/painting there!

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  8. My kind of place, cool find! :)

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  9. Amy,

    Which camera do you use for your blog photos? I'm completely new to photography and looking to learn beyond my point-n-shoot. Any info you have on photography resources/how-to's would be appreciated. Thank you for creating such a lovely, authentic space to visit.

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    1. The photos in this post are with a little point and shoot 35mm film camera, and my digital ones are with a canon 5d. I'd recommend looking into the canon rebel series for a starter dslr- they are a really solid!

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  10. The variety is so exciting!! I would want to (wearing gloves!) put them on my copier and scan them all:)

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  11. These photo's are great! I really have to start using my film camera's I'm naughty and get lazy because digital is just so easy! Would love to see some photo's of them flowering!
    xoxo Amie @ Spoonful of Vintage

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  12. Fantastic atmosphere, I love cactus, too.Your photos are always beautiful. love, F.

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  13. Un paraíso para los que nos encantan los cactus!!

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  14. This looks like fun...and dangerous!

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  15. I love all these images of California! Have a nice one!

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  16. ooh! i think i need to go there. it's just a couple hours from me.

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  17. excelllllllence, per usual, m'rrick.

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  22. I am fascinated by cactus, we have a few places in London with an amazing collection of this plats, at the Barbican center and at Kew gardens, but the real gems are back home in Gran Canaria. I love drawing them and are going to base one of my new collections on cactus, gorgeous photos by the way.

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  23. Lovely photos, but I hate to tell the folks in Palm Springs, they do NOT have the first ever Cactarium! My local nursery here on Long Island has a set of enormous greenhouses - FULL OF CACTUS! They are all intertwined and growing into and around and between each other - this collection is very, very old. I'll have to get over there when the temperature ever decides to get above 50 degrees and take some photos of it.

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  24. I've never even heard of cactarium! It looks like a beautiful place and--despite the prickly neighbors--a wonderful retreat from the world when things get crazy. I really hope that your car troubles are sorted out. You're right--just breathe.

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  27. Truly the most amazing place ever!! I never found the need to visit Palm Springs until now! :O I really love the way you take photos!

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  32. This is WONDERFUL! I simply love it, and you've captured such a lovely atmosphere. Somewhere I would love to see when I go to the US.

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