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Bougainvilleas Live a Risky Life In Late Fall Desert Weather   2 comments

Misc Images-8833 blogBougainvilleas — Images by kenne

We recently had some much-needed rain here in the desert. A cold-weather low from the north mixed with warmer Pacific moisture brought in rain at the lower elevations and snow on the mountains. Now the moisture has gone, but the low temps remain with highs in the upper fifties and lows nearing overnight frost temps, which will kill the foliage of the beautiful bougainvilleas — so far, so good.

The plants in our yard will not make it through the winter, so in the spring we will again be cutting back the plants preparing them for new growth.

kenne 

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Capturing The Moment — Shadow On The Beach I   1 comment

San Diego 01-15-13

“Shadow On The Beach I” — Image by kenne

Monsoon Season In The Sonoran Desert   12 comments

Why is this image beautiful? It contains the first clouds seen in months, which is the forerunner for the desert monsoon. Image by kenne

The monsoon is building in the mountains to the south
Like a scout, moist air is exploring the desert to the north
In preparation for the invasion of the wet boots from across the border

The monsoon is moving its cloud formations across the mountains
With each passing day taking up position in the blue desert sky
Pushing up the humidity and the relative heat of 110 degrees in the shade

The monsoon is bringing a shift in the desert wind (Mariah)
Pulling moisture from the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico
Producing a radical change in the form of monsoon thunderstorms

The monsoon is adjusting the desert’s aperture
Creating a pattern of “burst” and “breaks”
From hot and cold air blurring the boundary between these realities

The monsoon is the ying to the desert’s yang
Each needing the extremes of the other
To maintain life and romance in the desert

The monsoon is a name from the far east
Now commonly used in the Sonoran desert
Personally, I would prefer Mariah

Way out west, they got a name
For rain and wind and fire
The rain is Tess, the fire’s joe and
They call the wind Mariah

kenne

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