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/