We had some really good rains the other evening, in fact, it rained all night. Perfect. All this rain we've had this year should bode well for the Spring flowers. In fact, the bright yellow daisies are already popping up by the side of the roads. By the end of February, we should start seeing flowers down by Cottonwood. Before the rain unleashed I went into the Park, it was late afternoon, to see if I could get some photos. I drove out Queen Valley Road and climbing up to a bluff overlooking the valley, got a nice shot back towards the Barker Dam area, with the light falling on the distant rocks and the threatening clouds on the horizon. I meandered around in the cold and found these pictures of a red barrel and some chamisa, all so vibrant in the light. The scent of the desert is intoxicating when it rains, earthy and wonderfully fragrant at the same time. As I was leaving, the rain started and I got a couple shots from the car as I was driving out through the Park. While driving, I was listening to a classical music station which fit the mood perfectly. At one point, the announcer indicated the next piece would be Debussey's 'La Mer', one of my favorites. He noted that occasionally the printed material for a concert would erroneously list the piece as 'Blamer' instead of 'La Mer', interesting... The other piece that often gets listed incorrectly is Franz Liszt's 'The Battle of the Huns'. It is often referred to as 'The Battle of the Nuns', which sounds more like a Russ Meyer movie... I'll leave you on that note.
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