Journal archives for December 2021

December 10, 2021

Germinating rain

Much of Arizona had good rains yesterday, the first rainfall since October 5th at my location. We had 0.60" overnight, which ought to be enough to kick-start germination for spring wildflowers and grasses. Another season begins.

Posted on December 10, 2021 04:58 PM by stevejones stevejones | 5 comments | Leave a comment

December 20, 2021

Who knew?

In all the years I've been staring into creosote bushes, I never noticed that the leaves have hairs until I noticed them in these photos. The angle of the lighting made them stand out, especially at the lower left. The hairs are appressed and covered with the waxy leaf coating for which the shrub is famous, but scratching lightly at the surface, or soaking leaves in alcohol, will reveal the hairs.

Posted on December 20, 2021 05:06 PM by stevejones stevejones | 1 comment | Leave a comment