While our yearly rainfall averages 27 inches, rains in September, October, and November this year have totaled 19.93 inches. So far the total for 2018 is 28.71, which isn’t that much over the average, but is enough to make us happy.
Copper Canyon Daisy, a native of the Sonoran desert of Northern Mexico and Southern Arizona, normally blooms in August, when the temperature is the hottest. But even July and August were rainy, so it finally flowered in late September.
The color on the ridge behind the house is stunning. The green of the cedars, the local name for them, make the other colors pop. These are actually Ash Juniper, post cedar, or blueberry juniper (Juniperus ashei),
Native to Northeastern Mexico and south central U.S, the largest coverage of Ash Juniper is in Texas. They are a bane to property owners, who push them up with bulldozers because they are so prolific, cover grassland, and draw up water needed for other trees.
The positive aspects are erosion control and shade for wildlife and livestock. Look closely at the middle lower part of the picture and you’ll see some of our wildlife – a deer.
Hope your autumn has been full of delightful surprises like our rains and beautiful sights.
“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant