Everyone is commenting on how amazing the sotols look this year, so many flowering. Or is it that there are more planted than ever, to see them?
Partly my fault!
Photos 7/2014, from parts of “low” El Paso dropping just below 4,000′ above sea level…to parts of “high” Albuquerque nearing 5,700′ –
Martina’s office, as she said, is her “homage to Donald Judd” and his Marfa planting. El Paso homage, that is, since those are not Marfa’s Dasylirion leiophyllum / Desert Candle, but the bluish Dasylirion wheeleri / Sotol or Desert Spoon, which takes over from the foothills above the Rio Grande Valley into central Arizona.
You might remember that place, too. 15 years there, and I thought I couldn’t go back for months or even years more.
When I drove past the front, I got to talk to my longest ex-neighbor, who’s 85…Cecily. In fact, she’s lived on that block the 3rd longest, with the neighbor to the south the 2nd longest. You know who was the longest resident…
The hot skies and bleached land – some humidity without rain – beckon me to drive home. 260+ miles by road. And more of a monsoon season supposed to be major, but so far a bust – and with about 6 weeks left, to surprise us?
But first, the pirated medians.
Unlike the El Paso example at the beginning, there’s no drip irrigation here. Yet in a drought year – another one – there are still bloom stalks.
I only wish I could have photographed some of the other newer plantings of sotols, mostly D. wheeleri, on my few hours driving through Albuquerque. But time was marching on, and so much traffic.