Photographer, son Ron Niebrugge, and artist, mom Gail Niebrugge, spent a blustery, cool day in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park hiking up Palm Canyon together. A big rain/snow storm was scheduled to arrive later in the evening and during the next day, the normally 80 degree plus temperatures were quite moderate for the canyon hike. The palm oasis at the head of the canyon, with waterfalls and pools make this a rewarding destination, and sometimes big horn sheep are spotted as they cross from one rocky hillside to another.Mother and son enjoyed taking photos, watching birds, and finding the late blooming wildflowers. It has been a very dry year in Borrego, the wildflowers are barely in bloom, the approaching rain storm will nurture the thirsty plants and wildlife and bring much needed moisture to this parched desert. Within a week of the rain the whole landscape will be transformed from brown to green and sprinkled with colorful blossoms. Alaska artist, Gail, is planning a two-day stay before traveling east to Phoenix for baseball spring training. Sharing time with her son is always a joy and a pleasure for this proud mom.