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.


jozien said...

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

MFH said...

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.