Monday, November 7, 2016

How do I know it is fall ?

Monday in Tucson.
Fall here is very different than in many other places.
We drop down from the heat of summer 115+ to the 90's.
Then one day it is in the low 80's evenings in the low 50's.
YeeHaw. . .  It is fall !
A few trees lose the leaves, but really no color unless you drive up 15 minutes 
to the mountains and see the turning leaves.

So how do I know it is fall besides the temperature ?
1. When thehamish comes in fron his early morning sniffs and runs like the wind
for his breakfast, the tips of his ears are cold.
2. The pool heater gets turned off and the sunscreen comes down.
3. The citrus starts turning colors.
4. The last of the Barrel cactus blooms are gone,
5. All the Prickle Pear cactus red seed pods are eaten.
6. The seeds pods are set on the Mesquite trees and they are losing the leaves.
7. The fruit is ripe on the pomegranate trees and they lose their leaves.

 Yesh the tips of gud dug i thehamish is cold

Heater is off and sunscreen is put away.



 Sweet orange
Blooms going leaving the yellow seed pods.

Prickly Pear Cactus with fruit.

 The Walking Dead Prickley Pear fruit, that didn't win Johns contest.
hahahaha snuck that one in.

 Pulled this one off the tree before it  exploded
much to the sadness of the Javelinas. They have been munching away.
On the exploding ones.

Exploding poms  I left these on the tree to long.

 Pomegranate  tree, losing all the leaves.
It is only 3 years old and produced quite a few poms. But still very young.
They were so juicy and tasty.


As always here is your pretty to start the week !
Yummy, all of America need this !

Pass them on down !

fall. . . parsnip
music. . . A Thousand Miles,  Vanessa Carlton


  1. Love pomegranates, so messy and so good. Fall in the desert is different, but it sure is pretty. Warm that young man's ears up!!!

  2. I'm watching the walking dead as I type x

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    2. messed up comment, so happy it is back

    3. I might use this as a entry for next year John. But I am so busy right now.

  3. Pumpkin spice xanax indeed! Yes, Hamish's ears are quite perky!

  4. I know I've said it before, Gayle, but you live in such a beautiful place!

    1. Well thank you. I grew up here and it is just home to me. I like Tucson very much it is very nice town, even if the liberals are trying to destroy it.

  5. look at all that wonderful fruit and cactus flowers! those would NEVER stand philadelphia temperatures. and please keep ithehamish warm!

    1. But we do not have all the wonderful plants and trees you have. Plus snow and fir trees and.........

  6. Ah me...what will tomorrow bring? Your post grounds me and allows a deep breath as we all wait. Beautiful pixs. X

    1. Deep breath, I have already voted (it will not count as usual) so it is out of my hands.
      If I could live through the Clinton years I guess I can live through billary's years. But Canada is looking better and better.

  7. I will be putting all my citrus in the greenhouse this weekend. I have 3 poms this year as they went without water too long.

    1. I have tried to cover them, but 7 years ago we had a hard freeze that killed off and left stunted so many of my small citrus grove.
      So sad.

  8. Hi, Gayle!

    What a marvelous home and property you have! I like how you observe the changes in the cacti and other native plants, shrubs and trees to detect signs of fall. Your pictures of the specimens around your house are stunning. I can almost feel the chill in the air when I look at the picture of thehamish by the pool. I wish you would post some pictures of skunk pigs munching on exploded Pomegranate fruit.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Gayle!

  9. If Penelope gets out of bed at night, when she gets back in, she's shivering. It's only seventy-two degrees! Hugs and tail wags from Franklin and Penelope to thehamish, a very gud dog.