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About Desert Darlene on HubPages!

Updated on October 30, 2014

This is a lens all about me!

This is a hub all about my life on Squidoo (now Hubpages) and off and online in general. I will not be giving out too many of my personal details such as where I work or make a living, for example. I like to keep my work life separated from my online life, though where I work is really no big deal. I just don't want to get things mixed up because, being a writer, there is a potential of getting into real trouble if they get mixed up. My employer has certain rules about working other jobs and conflicts of interest, so I am very careful not to mix my writing life with my work life. I will just say I work for the government. Some of you might know where.

Otherwise, on this hub you will see what I like and what I do when I'm not at work. These activities influence what I write and read here on Hubpages.

**Update: In the beginning of September 2014, Hubpages acquired all of Squidoo's content and this lens/hub was transferred over. I'm trying to make it fit in the world of Hubpages. Please forgive me if Squidoo is referred to now and then.

A little more about me

Well, I was born in Detroit, Michigan and I lived there until I was almost 13 when I moved to San Diego, California. Some of my family lives out here, too, but a lot of my family still lives in Michigan and parts of Canada, too. I have to say that I hate snow, so living out here in San Diego is a good thing. But, it gets cold here sometimes, too, we get frost and even a little flurry now and then. Of course, there's snow in the mountains, but I'm not one of those crazy people who go to the mountains when it snows unless I have to. A lot of people in San Diego deliberately go out to the mountains to see the snow. At least, here, we have a choice.

I've called myself Desert Darlene for many years mostly because I love the desert! I plan to move there someday. A lot of my artwork and photography is based on the desert, specifically the Anza-Borrego desert. However, I am now in love with shorebirds and water birds, so I don't mind living here closer to the coast. We have a couple lakes near my home and driving or riding my bike to places where I can see lots of shorebirds. Since I got a camera with a zoom lens a couple years ago, I really enjoy taking pictures of birds.

The photo is of me sitting in the desert a few years back.

Me in the desert


OK, I know this isn't a really feminine-looking photo. I am a Tomboy and don't like to wear make-up. I sometimes take my bike out to the desert and sometimes I just go out hiking, usually alone. Now, however, I'm into birding trips done in groups as I learn a lot about birds when I go on these birding trips.

I still go out on my bike, but I haven't taken it out in the desert in a long time. Mostly, I ride it around my house. Though that photo was taken some years ago, I still have that bike and those bike pants.

My interests

Here are some topics I like to write and read about.

  • The desert
  • Ducks and other waterfowl
  • Shorebirds
  • Birds
  • Endangered species
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Hiking
  • Bike riding
  • Horses (I used to ride, but don't much anymore)
  • Cats and other animals
  • Art and artwork
  • Food

Some of my favorite items

A couple items that I've actually bought in the past that I've really enjoyed.

Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert
Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert

I love this book! If you're into paleontology or geology, this is a great book about the natural history of the Anza Borrego Desert.


I didn't buy this exact version, but an earlier copy. I love all the illustrations.


My favorite Youtube Slideshow I Made

My favorite bird

Killdeer at Fiesta Island
Killdeer at Fiesta Island

My favorite bird is the killdeer, which is a kind of plover. I have a couple of lenses about killdeer on Squidoo (which you may be able to see above). Killdeer are so cute, especially their little chicks which look like cotton balls on stilts. Also, I like other shorebirds and ducks.

This bird is sitting on a nest which is out in the open on the ground. They can sure blend into their surroundings.

Other sites I write for

Here's a short list of other sites I write for. It's not a comprehensive list.

Thanks for stopping by and say "hi" while you're here. Please don't post HTML or links because I will delete them.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I can't remember anyone ever saying they wanted to live in a desert, but I suppose we should be glad someone does. There are some amazing things that go on there and someone has to photograph it :) Hope you can fix the You Tube settings.

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      IanTease 4 years ago

      Hi, its been really nice to meet you on this lens. When I visited California I loved seeing the bird life, some are so different to what I'm used to in Britain. I'm going to enjoy learning about what I saw through your lenses

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! You have a nice set of lenses!

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      I'm glad to meet you, Desert Darlene. Keep taking those wonderful bird and desert photos!

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      Camile 5 years ago from Doha Qatar

      I thought tomboy was a street language in my home country, Philippines, pertaining to a girl that looks, speaks and act like a boy.

      Hehehe.. just now I knew it's an English word.