Deserts and Beyond
Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Coachella Valley grape crop~Nature Notes~May 19, 2011
The Coachella Valley grape crop is nearly ready for harvest, or is it? We've gone from unseasonably high daytime temperatures to recent below-normal temps. These below-normal temps are not helping the table grape crop. I stopped by some of the vineyards a couple of weeks ago and took these photos. Unfortunately, since then, our temps have dropped 20 degrees during the daytime! ACK! The Desert Sun ran an article today saying that the grapes need warm days to set their sugar. And, unlike many other crops, they do NOT ripen after they've been picked...they have to be picked at the peak of their perfection. So, growers here are holding their breath and hoping for warmer weather, which is forecast for this weekend. Nature Notes for May 19, 2011. To see other Nature Notes, please go to: http://ramblingwoods.com/