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/

5 comments:

Carver said...

You took some wonderful shots of the grape vineyards. Very interesting post.

EG Wow said...

I learned something new! I didn't know grapes had to be picked at the height of perfection and that they would not ripen after being picked.

Rambling Woods said...

You too? It has been in the 40's for a week but now in the 60's. The farmers here are under water..Awful weather. I hope it gets warm and the grapes are sweet...Michelle

MyMaracas said...

I didn't realize grapes were so fussy. I hope you get the weather you need for them.

eileeninmd said...

Great info and post. I learned something new too from your post on the grapes. I hope everythig works out for the farmers.