DESERT EAGLE, James T. Hiroto, Coachella, California, once used this original old grape fruit lug box commercial art poster which pictures a Huge eagle soaring above complete desert scene, Suaro cactus, native plants and Lophophora Williamsii or Peyote cacti dot the sand while colorful shaded hills and buttes comprise the background. Schmidt Litho., Los Angeles designed and lithographed this authentic example of American advertising art. We have framed this dramatic old fruit crate label in copper and glass so it is ready to hang in your kitchen, grape arbor or den. It measures approx. 4 1/2 x 13 inches.
"California has a months-long flower festival tht rolls slowly northward 400 miles through our deserts. Starting in February, flower fanciers flock to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to take in the glory. The Anza-Borrego stretches from the San Bernardino County line to the Mexican border, and includes 500 miles of roads that wind past desert hills carpeted with flowers. But to really experience the blossoms, take a hike. Lazy flower fans can wander the desert flower garden near the visitors center. Those up for a longer walk should try the "Eden-like" Hellhole Canyon. Along the trail, you'll see"chia, with its small spheres of purple-blue," as well as "the fuzzy white popcorn flower." The trail passes two sets of waterfalls, each with a palm shaded oasis." L.A. TIMES 2005 Wildflowers at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Updated April 2, 2005 The local valley areas are seeing a bloom of sand verbena take up the fields and byways as you travel along Borrego Valley Road to Henderson Canyon Road. There you will find the dune evening primrose and the desert sunflowers bringing more color. The winds are drying some of the flowers but many blooms, including the lupine, are standing tall against the blow. The display along the Montezuma Grade (S-22 west of town) is still bright with brittlebush, poppies, apricot mallow, varieties of lupine and phacelia. A walk around Culp Valley, at mile marker 9.2, will bring you up close and personal to rattlesnake weed, goldenfields, fiddleneck, varieties of forget-me-not, pygmy cedar and many others. S-3 just outside of town is showing many of the same displays as S-22 with the addition of desert lavender, bladderpod, chuparosa and the Freemont pincushion. The hillsides are covered in desert chicory, dandelions, and golden poppies. The junction with Hwy 78 and Plum Canyon are sporting the same varieties along with desert stars, white sage, whispering bells and chia. The whispering bells are evident, along with the phacelia, in many areas of the park especially in Mason Valley and the Vallecito area. The desert rock pea lines the roads as do the miniature lupine. On one of the passes, along with the apricot mallow, appeared a few Parish’s larkspur and rock dudleya. A walk at Box Canyon is the only way to see the wild hyacinth and rock dudleya at that location. Other good walks include Little Surprise Canyon, Plum Canyon and Culp Valley. As you drive along, look for the agave stalks which are rising in all the valleys and hillsides. They should be blooming in the next week or so. The cacti are also beginning to show their blooms in the Borrego Valley and also in the south sector of the park. Sweeney Pass and the Carrizo Badlands overlook continue to be resplendent in a variety of lupine, desert dandelion, freemont pincushion, wooly plantain and brittlebush. Look closely for the desert five spot and a white lupine. Some of the annuals are going to seed but the cactus, ocotillo, indigo bush and creosote are coming out in all their beauty.