A Desert Sampler

Desert Plants

Even though the days are still just as hot, there are signs that autumn is in the air, even in the Sonoran Desert.


The quality of light changes as the sun moves lower in the sky, casting longer, deeper shadows.


The nights are almost cool again (almost, but you can tell the change is really coming soon).


In another few weeks, Arizona will become a desired location again. After another hellacious summer, our time to gloat about the weather will return. Like so many other places, autumn~when it finally arrives~is the best time of year here, too.

Footnote: Ugh, I just read this on Wikipedia:

“In the Phoenix area, desert is losing ground to urban sprawl at a rate of approximately 4,000 square metres (0.99 acres) per hour.” Well, that’s depresssing.


14 responses to “A Desert Sampler

  1. interesting place. i was in Sahara a couple of years ago but it wasn’t even a spot of green.
    one more thing.. i absolutely love your blog header.

  2. We’ve visited Arizona twice and both times it was in autumn — for us it was soooo hot but then we live up north 🙂
    I loved the desert at night –- it really comes alive!

  3. I like your photos of the local plants under a changing sun. The comment on urban sprawl is depressing to me too. What are going to to do… asphalt
    the entire country?

  4. i really like the perspective in each photo…as if looking up and off in the distance…

  5. Love the plants in your area so different from what I am used too. Love the light.
    Reading your footnote…that’s pretty sad.

  6. Love the photos with the shadows. It makes you feel expectation of a cool evening.
    Same thing is happening here in Mexico. We call it “planting cement”. Really sad.

  7. I love seeing photos of the Sonoran Desert, the light, the plants, the sand, rocks, everything! An acre per hour is staggering!

  8. bonsoir,
    A nice serie..Good angle.. beautiful colors and details..Bravo!

  9. I really like the 2nd shot with the rocks and all those different type plants.As much as I hate Winter, Fall as become my favorite time of the year.

  10. I’ve been telling my boyfriend for the last few days that “FALL IS COMING!!”. He’s from Indiana so he’s like ummmm, yeah it’s still 145 degrees outside. But we Arizonans can just feel it!

  11. I think your summers are why more people don’t live there full time. Don’t know if I could do it! Fall is definitely in the air here. Morning jackets are a must. You have some really interesting landscape and plants there, Candace. One of these winters I must come for a visit. 😉

  12. Deserts are among my favorite subjects. I am getting in the mood for another trip while browsing through your latest posts.

  13. Nice places attract lots of people… I know what you mean about the light of the approaching autumn… it seems to get harder and in some ways colder.

  14. i love summers i have tatoos:) ;> 😦 😉 ❤

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