The Coachella Valley, in Southern California, is a land of contrasts–lush  palm oasis line the barren mountains where the San Andreas fault is easily visible along its northern length.  In the summers, the dry heat can reach the 120’s f.  In the spring, heavy rainfall rushes down the mountains. Mud, boulders and water inundate the dry river beds and rush down mountain crevices. When the sun rises again, the valley is bathed in a spectrum of color.