The importance of water
Of course, we all know how important water is – but, the impact of water is so obvious in the desert. Green living plants follow the water and the line between green and barren gravel is like a knife edge here. Traveling in the desert, I’ve gotten used to the desert pavement with its ribbons of water-frugal cactus, shrubs and trees hugging the often dry washes. I love the colored rock and the highlights of intense color in the sky, flowering cactus, or the flash of color on a hummingbird against the more muted sages, tans and browns of the desert floor.
Camping along the Colorado river the difference between water/no water is more dramatic. Vegetation around the reservoir is lush – Palm Trees, head-high rushes, and the deep green of water saturated plants.
Driving to Yuma
Driving to Yuma takes one through farm land. The Yuma area provides something insane, like 90%, of America’s winter produce. It’s easy to believe as I drive through miles of deep green produce and date groves.
Nothing grows without irrigation!!