No mistake – there’s no plural in the title of this post. And this late Friday night, I’m sure I saw 15+ “Marfa Lights”, after riding a bus out to the official Marfa Lights Viewing Area, with a group of strangers from Austin.
But with the sun out, I saw light of other kinds on my landscape drive-bys.
Marfa’s high desert light seems even better than other regional towns, since it is so quiet and serene; the drone of freeways, semi engine braking, and endless paving tend to spoil
the mood. Maybe both evenings of cocktail parties and great conversation also helped, even though I’m not much of a partier?
Musical selection – more
Junip / José González –
Dasylirion leiophyllum catching the late afternoon sun, a muscular trunked Morus alba standing behind it all
another building with “Judd” on it, daylight and a simple table
Trachycarpus fortunei with the hotel’s Spanish Colonial facade
Friday evening cocktails, a roaring fire in the firepit taking the chill off, meeting some new friends mostly from the humid lands far to the east [The Capri by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, & here ] here
tumbleweeds turned into hanging lights…sure!
US-90 heading east, Berlandiera lyrata cheery and golden, in the rather dense stand of grama grasses
yet no chocolaty fragrance in the daytime and uber-dry air
Texas’ state grass (Bouteloua curtipendula) catching the lower autumn light, with New Mexico’s state flower (Yucca spp.) still elated (this one is Yucca elata), even long after blooming
light frosts of mid-autumn being made up for by warm days, cosmos and zinnias softening the background for Yucca thompsoniana X rostrata, Dasylirion wheeleri, and Opuntia ellisiana
getting a view of the scratch coat on the renovated wall at the Collie House, but blinding midday light towards the street by my car
posted last November on my old blog, something’s different behind that hedge of Opuntia ellisiana…
yellow chairs working nicely with white stucco and blue skies
more grasses – Stipa Nasella tenuissima, unifying but punctuating the groundplane as it catches late sunlight…unifying also the Live Oak (L), old Arizona Cypress trunks (rear), and the usual Mulberry
next door, but a continuation of the same theme using Mexican Feathergrass, this time under Deodar Cedar, with a trio of young Soaptree Yucca / Yucca elata by the street
Desert Candle / Dasylirion leiophyllum catching the late, lowering sun between dark Afghan Pine trees
Nasella tenuissima taking over and taking in the flood of late sun, young and evergreen Rhus virens out in front
native Yucca rostrata packed into wall, non-native invasive Perovskia atriplicifolia filling in underneath
the ever-tough Bur Oak / Quercus macrocarpa catching late light
what huge leaves on Bur Oak
native grasses one side in the light, Texas Sage partly catching the light on the other side…and yet another Mulberry tree far (L)