Friday, September 19, 2008

The desert is fun

We had another rainstorm the next day after the last one I told you about. It is so exciting!! Two days of rain, IN A ROW. We now have .85 inches of rain for the year. One inch, we are almost there! The road outside our house looks like a washout, but I am not complaining. I have enjoyed every minute of our 15 minutes of rain. ha ha ha. I took another photo of it, this view is out our back patio door.

Since I have already posted about the coyote melon, I will not go into too much detail about this plant. If you want to read about it, click here. I have one a bit further down the street from our house that is in an earlier stage than the one right out the front driveway. I took some photos of the blooms this time. The blooms obviously come first, and then the little melons are after that. Aren't they a lovely color? I think in person they appear a bit more orange, but it will be hard for you to tell, since I know every one's screen is calibrated differently. This vine is an unexpected plant for the desert, I think.

I also passed a coyote, laying in the shade of a Mohave yucca on my way home from the grocery store this afternoon. I stopped the car to take a photo, but the minute I rolled down the window, He (she?) got up and trotted to a safer distance. I did get this photo, but you can see my camera can't really handle the distance. Still, I think these are beautiful creatures.

The other exciting news I have is that I finally found the missing watercolor paintings!!! I cannot tell you what a relief that is. Of course, they were in the drawer, right where they were supposed to be, buried under a bunch of other paintings. Go figure. May you all enjoy the upcoming weekend!


Melissa and Emmitt said...

yay karine!
i knew you would find them!
have a wonderful weekend!

Guzzisue said...

glad you found the paints, I have a lovely set of watercolour paints somewhere............

High Desert Diva said...

We had rain last night, too. The juniper smell is intense right now.

"Your" coyote looks very healthy. The ones I've seen here are a bit scrawny.

Congrats on finding the watercolors!

Karine said...

I should have written "watercolor paintings". There. I changed it. Thanks for dropping by, ladies!

Red Fish Circle said...

loving these desert colors.... I am drowning in green here in the Southeast... not complaining - it is lush and beautiful as you saw in those green acorns...but I love the quiet of the desert palate (with a punch of color).