Not only do I notice something inspiring on most every hike or drive away from home, but I try to see what’s going on with past projects I’ve designed.
Picacho Mountain is a development between a local trailhead and my home, so I see it weekly.
One can see why I designed low voltage lighting at this key entry, along with some bold, native plant species. On a few different evenings:
Dasylirion wheeleri above or Nolina microcarpa below are effective, especially in the barren feel of winter dormancy.
In my 4 years living nearby, I’ve noted counterproductive maintenance here. Including over-shaping of plants, which prevents plants intended to bloom from doing so.
Recently such practices may be decreasing. Also, the lighting is being used again. Both are encouraging for a project over 10 years old.
Fouquieria splendens was well-named!
On another evening, slightly later:
On another evening, but even later:
To capture each photo, my DSLR was used, as the iPhone 7 camera proved inferior. Some images resulted from no flash, a flash, or even indirect lighting from my car headlights.
Each photo required manual contrast and brightness adjustments in Adobe Photoshop, to better reflect what my eyes saw.
Some other notes:
- Replace dead plants and wildflowers with like species; see plans.
- Project owners and those doing maintenance must become familiar with what’s an herbaceous wildflower versus what’s a weed, before spraying or removing. They must learn to appreciate their wildlife value and visual punch, namely in spring and fall. This includes native grasses and wildflowers not on the plans, which volunteer in…when to remove or retain, and how to do so while preserving the original design’s integrity.
- Adjust lighting direction to better illuminate plants, not glare.
- Verify and correct light bulb intensity; some are too bright. As a place with no street lights, our starry nights must be preserved.
- Rodent damage to lighting cable seems less than I feared here.
- Improve nighttime photography skills. (the only note to myself)
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