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.






Tuesday, June 12, 2012

More smoke trees~Outdoor Wednesday~061312






My dad loved smoke trees.  We used to drive out to Cathedral City when I was growing up because my godparents lived out there and so did my dad's aunt.  He and I used to take long walks in the wash up in the cove in Cathedral City.  He tried for many years to transplant a smoke tree for my godmother.  He finally realized that for every inch above ground, there is a FOOT of roots below ground and he was finally able to successfully transplant one for her.  As to how the smoke tree got its name...I really don't know, but, in a wash, they do look smoky.  Oh, and you know there is water below the ground when you see them clumped in a wash.  Their seeds have to be roughed up, during a storm, in order for their seed coat to be scratched and broken and opened.  They are hardy trees and right now, as I posted earlier, they are blooming.  I love seeing their blossoms along Highway 74 as it leads up to the mountains above Palm Desert.  Here are some examples.  To visit Outdoor Wednesday, please go to:   http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/

3 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

very neat.

Light and Voices said...

I really enjoyed reading about the memories of smoke trees and your dad. The only time I have seen a smoke tree is in the city of Evanston, Illinois in front of a restaurant that serves omelets. Smoke trees and omelets odd combination in the middle of a busy suburb near Chicago.

Location of your smoke trees are absolutely thrilling.
Joyce M

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Great photos and memories. The smoke trees I see tend to be a little scrawnier than this. Heading out to the desert this weekend so will see if they are flowering. Here's a link: http://www.desertusa.com/sep97/du_smoketree.html
Apparently they are named after their smoky color.