Melons, corn, mountains, and clouds….

Panning east to west and proceeding minute by minute, this was the view from the side of a road less than one mile from my house last evening.

I’ve mentioned before that I live in the far northwest corner of the “Valley of the Sun” that is Metropolitan Phoenix…the pan of desert that through the miracles and science of hydrology and irrigation, comes alive with great expanses of nearly unnatural hues of green that we don’t expect to find in places such as this.

The foreground is dominated by watermelon fields, the dark line with the golden cap beyond the field is ripening corn, and then you see the edge of a neighborhood to the left (east), and then the Estrella Mountains in the distance.  There are hiking trails on the right (west) end that are similar to the ones found in the White Tank Mountains that you can see in the last photograph below.

The trails are part of the offerings in the Estrella Mountain and White Tank Mountain Regional Parks, which were created and are maintained by the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department.

Making photos of this area has been on the agenda for the last couple of weeks…as the softer light of the setting sun make for more appealing images.  The clouds were not expected, but greatly appreciated.  They are an early indication of the approaching monsoon season, but have yet to do anything more serious than add to the humidity and cause desert hearts to long for rain.

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18 responses

  1. Amazing! Couldn’t help but think what a radical, extreme change that is from your previous location. There be mountains, but they seem to pale in comparison to the one you have in your header.

    July 8, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    • Thank you, Gunta…and yes, this is a radical and extreme change from my previous location…and the mountains are there, too, and oh, so different….

      July 15, 2018 at 4:15 pm

  2. That miracle of irrigation is what seems as it will be difficult to maintain with continued droughts. One of the reasons we wanted to move from Colorado. At least, that area doesn’t seem as in danger of fires. Is where you live subject to haboobs?

    Pictures I’ve seen are amazing but I don’t know how pervasive they are. And yes, I know I risk the ire of some Arizonianites by using the name.

    July 8, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    • Yes, Emilio…for however long the miracle remains, the cultivated desert will continue to thrive. And no, we don’t get the wildfires down here that you did in your Colorado home…but we don’t get leaking volcanoes, either!

      And yes, too…we do get those dust/sand storms. Seems that someone started calling them “haboobs” during the time I was up north. They were sand or dust storms before I left and were christened haboobs by some drama seeking journalist (I’m guessing) by the time I got back almost four years later….

      July 15, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    • People I know who live there liked the sound of it and thought it was a hoot. I don’t know the current attitude toward the name. I imagine it may have fallen out of favor although it is the correct meteorological term:

      http://glossary.ametsoc.org/wiki/Haboob

      July 15, 2018 at 11:33 pm

      • Haven’t heard any recent conversations among the locals regarding the name, Emilio…and thank you for the link. I had assumed that it was from the Middle East…kinda has that ring to it….

        July 27, 2018 at 11:45 am

  3. Carol Lightwood

    The Monsoon has arrived in the deserts and mountains of east California. It was raining near the eastern edge of Los Angeles …while the temperature was breaking records at 110F+.

    July 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    • Hopefully they’ll dump lots of water that will prevent the wildfires and not cause any mudslides at the same time!

      July 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm

  4. Nice to see that again! I remember looking forward to the monsoons.

    July 8, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    • It’s a favorite pastime of desert dwellers!

      July 15, 2018 at 4:21 pm

  5. Wonderful scenes, and beautiful photography, Scott. It is inspiring to imagine it at full size.

    July 12, 2018 at 10:39 am

    • Thank you, Shimon…the desert skies are so large here…..

      July 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm

  6. LB

    Love the layers of watermelon, then corn, the neighborhoods, and then mountains.

    July 16, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    • Thank you, LB…it struck me as warranting some photos. 🙂

      July 27, 2018 at 11:46 am

  7. Such beauty, and since I looked at the subsequent post first, this is extra refreshing. You more than do the grand, minimal landscape justice!

    July 20, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    • Yes, compared to the cultivation of dust, this is very refreshing! Thank you, Lynn. 🙂

      July 27, 2018 at 11:47 am

  8. I think I’d prefer the more natural desert but since I’ve never lived in or near one I can’t be sure. Maybe green would be more welcome and interesting.

    July 21, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    • When we live around this and don’t travel enough to get out into the actual desert, it’s hard to remember that it’s even there…aside from what is a likely unconscious “knowing,” given that we can’t forget we’re in the middle of the desert’s heat…but yes…I so much prefer the actual desert, especially in the spring or in the very early mornings after the rains….

      July 27, 2018 at 11:49 am

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