My trip back lengthened with a winery and slow-lunch stop, before catching up with a friend at Starbucks and my last 3 hours driving to Las Cruces.
Dueling Dasylirion at CNM Workforce Training Center, and their excellent copper patina barrel roof.
Provisions run and errands complete, it was time for more landscape photos.
All because as I exited the freeway to meet an Albuquerque friend, I saw a parking lot planting design of mine where the trees had grown in. (though I forgot to go back and get that picture) If you’re going to be late and get less sleep, then enjoy the journey. Plus, temperatures cooled perfectly after a surprise, muggy storm at sundown.
Drainage swales at a valley housing project, literally “the projects”. Prosopis pubescens / Screwbean Mesquite now dwarfs the sotols and saltbush. A bit eerie with my phone’s flash…like a desert “midnight in the garden of good and evil.”
A last stop at the southern edge of town, and a needed slice of pizza. Native and adapted plants, water harvesting, and 1-2 field adjustments apparent.
The relaxed mounds of Muhlenbergia rigens in parking lot planter swales are what the doctor ordered, unless they were changed to M. capillaris. Then…
My eyes could be fooling me that late. More on the above and others later.
9/24/17 weather: 84 / 55 / 0.00