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.
I live in the Coachella Valley and it has a 365 day growing season. Yes, even in the middle of summer, when temps can be over 120 degrees, this valley grows crops. Right now, in winter, the farmers are growing cool season crops like artichokes (which I posted about a week ago...), lettuce, cabbage, carrots, peppers, and broccoli. I wanted to drive home last Friday out by Dillon Road (which is out of my way) to take some photos of the vineyards there. The valley also grows table grapes, like these in the photos. There aren't any grapes now. The vines are dormant. But, they were being watered last Friday. I like to keep track of the grapes throughout the year and see the progress of the grapes. There is something peaceful about them, don't you think? I boosted the 4th photo with PicMonkey. I'm experimenting with some of the effects there and since the other ones were pretty washed out, I decided to boost this one. Nature's Notes for January 24, 2013.