I was out & about this weekend and stopped to admire the various shrubs and plants in bloom in our local mountains. Some of these were just off the highway (Highway 74) which runs from Palm Desert up to Anza and then on through Temecula, as Highway 79. This road goes from 200 feet elevation, in Palm Desert, to over 4,000 feet, at the top of the mountains, and the flora changes dramatically. From desert shrubs and trees to Ponderosa pines at the top of the mountains, I always enjoy viewing them on my travels through our local mountains. Nature Notes for April 29, 2010.