drops of morning

before the rains the desert smells like dust and rock

sometimes an unknown metal rides the glands of nose and mouth with searching

creosote 1

and after they come it is sweet with a knowable something

creosote 3

one that you know when you’ve been there and one that you don’t when you haven’t

creosote 2

 creosote or greasewood blossoms on a spring morning in the sonora desert north of phoenix arizona

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16 responses

  1. Amazing capturization of beauty of nature

    May 20, 2014 at 8:37 am

  2. How delightful! What’s the size of the average blossom?

    May 20, 2014 at 9:39 am

    • Thanks, Gary….the blossoms are about the size of a medium to large pea.

      May 21, 2014 at 8:30 am

  3. Beautiful Scott! 🙂

    May 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    • Thank you, Adrian. 🙂

      May 21, 2014 at 8:30 am

  4. You’re still discovering the beauty out there even if the scene has changed so radically! 🙂 Very lovely treatment of the creosote blossoms.

    May 20, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    • Yes, Gunta….still discovering, still looking….and having camera in hand certainly helps. Thank you. 🙂

      May 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

  5. There’s no mistaking the smell of creosote.

    May 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    • It’s very distinctive, Allen…sometimes you can detect it on the heated breezes out in the desert…and it’s wonderful after a rain.

      May 21, 2014 at 8:32 am

  6. It’s lovely Scott, thank you.

    May 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    • I’m glad you think so….thank you, too. 🙂

      June 3, 2014 at 7:59 am

  7. So beautiful; magical.

    May 23, 2014 at 2:17 am

    • Sunrise can be raw or gentle, depending on one’s perspective….I think this one was undeniably beautiful…seen from here, anyway….

      June 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

  8. Magical!!

    May 27, 2014 at 6:16 am

    • Indeed, Susan….thank you. 🙂

      June 3, 2014 at 8:01 am

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