MID-SUMMER DESERT BLOOM, ALTZAR”CONCERT HALL”

GUARDIANS OF OUR MAILBOX

Purple and white
Make everything bright. 🙂

PLANTS BLOSSOM AFTER FIRST MONSOON OF THE SUMMER

JULY 29, 2017

It did not take much, just two rainfalls in the last two weeks – the first in five months – and the Arizona desert plants are already responding with blooming gratitude.

Take a look at these flowers in our front yard.

They reminded me of a picture I took of the same plants 11 years ago. Wonder if our purple bush will look as resplendent on Aug 8 of this year as it did back then?

By the way, that Mesquite tree you see in the 2006 shot? Kaput. That’s the one an early Sep 2006 monsoon had toppled. A part of it fell on my garage roof but did not cause any substantial damage (see the last two shots).

UPDATE JULY 30, 2017

JULY CHRISTMAS IN ARIZONA?

We had some rain last night, the third time in 2 weeks. Not much. But it was enough to awaken these bushes from their summertime slumber into producing these beautiful white flowers that look like snowflakes. July Christmas in Arizona? 🙂 Just across the street from our home.

By the way, I am not a botanist, but these flowers look to me like tiny white roses (see the closeup). And the bees are all over them.

We have two Lady Banks white rose bushes in our back yard whose flowers are alike. Except that these wild ones are enormous, as you can see in comparison to that lady walker I inserted to create a size proportion.

UPDATE AUG 3, 2017

ONLY A SECOND DESERT RAINBOW IN 37 YEARS

Rainbows in the Arizona desert are about as rare as the thunderstorms in Hawaii. In 12 years that I have lived in North Scottsdale, and 25 years I had spent in Phoenix before that, I have only seen the rainbows twice. This evening was one of those times. The other time was in late September 2014.

As Elizabeth and I headed our for usual walk, the skies were dark the thunder was rumbling all around. Yet in two corners of the sky – one to the south and one to the north – we saw two ends of a big rainbow.

Take a look at both of the rare rainbows.

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PS: Elizabeth said she saw another rainbow like this last week in another part of the city. She was not at home for the 2014 one. So tonight’s was the second desert rainbow for both of us.

MY FRONT YARD IN AUG 2006

(before the monsoon that toppled the Mesquite)

TO BE CONTINUED… after another monsoon show. 🙂


UPDATE AUG 5, 2017

ALTZAR “CONCERT HALL”

Someone asked me earlier today if I still have the Clavinova, now that I have recorded my latest piece – Chopin’s Grand Valse Brillante – on the Steinway.

And the answer is YES. The Steinway is great for piano recordings, the Clavinova for my orchestral creations.

Here’s the layout of my “concert hall,” technically the living room of our house. Because the room is carpeted and has a 10-ft ceilings, the acoustics is great.

As you can surmise from these pics, I don’t care for useless furniture, only wall art. So these two instruments ARE our only living room furniture.


UPDATE AUG 24, 2017

THIRD MONSOON OF THE SEASON WREAKS MINOR HAVOC IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

After many threats and weather alerts which did not pan out, last night the third monsoon of this summer season did wreak some minor havoc in our North Scottsdale neighborhood.

Here are some pictures I took this morning after doing laps in our swimming pool. The large Palo Verde tree which the story had toppled lay across the road right in front of the entrance to the pool.

Luckily, the house on whose front yard the tree was rooted was spared. The large tree could have toppled on its roof but instead chosen to block the street.

Kind tree, lucky neighbor. 🙂

Only two houses down the same street, another neighbor was having its roof replaced. They could not have chosen a worse time for it. The roofers had already taken off all of their old roof tiles before last night’s storm hit. So we just hope that the roof’s undercarriage did not cause major leaks inside the house.

Life in the desert is always full of surprises.

 

 

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