Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Catclaw is blooming!! No, no...wait. It's Fairy Duster!!! Fairy Duster I tell you!!















EC634 is marked by the ubiquitous fiberglass "pole" about 200 feet from the highway. It's about 20 miles north of I-8 on S34 (Ogilby Rd). Blink and you miss it.


It'd be a fine way-station but for the two sets of track about ten miles south. In this land of not-much-to-absorb-sound, I mistook the train for an idling F-15. A chance encounter the next day enlightened me.

On Saturday mornings you may awaken to the sound of minimally-muffled motors wafting o'er the plain. I surmised there was a race in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. C'mon everybody!!! Let's all go for a competitive DRIVE!!

The delirious bees stagger about quoting Mae West - "Too much of a good thing is wonderful!"


Now, after a bit of confusion (it MIGHT have been catclaw) we've decided it is, in fact FAIRY DUSTERCalliandra eriophylla. It smells sorta like mimosa.




2 comments:

  1. is the fairy dyuster blooming somewhere on that empty endless parking lot?

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  2. It is...blooming nearby. There are shallow arroyos throughout the area. The Fairy Duster is blooming in all of them. It seems to have a very narrow range as this area was the only place I saw it.

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