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.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


There are MANY fields of grapes in the Coachella Valley.  These aren't wine grapes.  These are table grapes.  During winter, they stand dormant.  I found these while I was driving around after school on Friday. Soon the branches will be trimmed.  These are fairly young grapes.  I didn't realize that there were older ones further east on the ranch, but look at these old guys (bottom photo)!  They have to be 50 years old! (or more...)  I know that wine grapes usually last about 50 years, but I have no idea how long table grape stock lasts.  Does anybody know?  Look how thick the trunks are!

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