Cacti Part 3: More than just pretty flowers

Cacti, as you may know, are not placed in the deserts just to amaze us with their showy and colorful flowers in the Spring and Summer. In the ecosystem where cacti live, they perform a much more valuable role. From the extremes of its showy, flowering phase to its wintery dull appearance, slow-growing cacti provide…

Will Spring wildflowers bloom this year?

Like all plants, wildflowers survive because they have developed a special knack for survival in the conditions where they are found. If it stopped raining along the Pacific coast, as has happened this year and the draught continued for years, the giant redwoods, Douglas firs, rhododendrons, and wildflowers could wither and die out. However, if towering…

You can’t do Deming in a day

Crossing the desert in an RV today is not quite like the feats of Lawrence of Arabia, and it is certainly more comfortable than wandering the burning sands in search of new places to visit riding a camel. On a return trip to Southern Arizona from El Paso, we crossed the foot of New Mexico…