Smells Like Rain; It’s the Creosote

There is a welcome, distinctive smell in the desert when it rains, which comes from the creosote bush (Larrea tridentata), shown here. We desert dwellers will say “it smells like rain”  but what we are actually smelling is the creosote, shown here. Did you know they could live thousands of years? According to Steve Archer, […]

Mountain Harebell

Summer wildflowers abound in Colorado. Some of the flowers are the same as we see in southern Arizona, but ours burn out by the beginning of May, since we are so much hotter, while the ones in Colorado are at their best in summer and into the fall. This is a Campanula routundiforia (Mountain Harebell). It grows […]

Wine in the Making

Grapes maturing on the vines before the fall harvest at Coronado Vineyards in Willcox, Arizona. The vineyard, located not far off I-10 by the Dos Cabezas Mountains, grows Malbec, Syrah, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese varietals and is the only winery in Arizona that has a full-service restaurant, in addition to their tasting room. The Wine […]