It’s another cross-quarter day, the midpoint between the summer solstice and the fall equinox. About this time I begin to notice the days are getting shorter, and there’s some logic to this, because of the sine wave nature of the changing sun patterns. This means the changes are faster in the middle than at the peak and nadir of longest and shortest day.
This is the day commonly called Lammas. it is the early harvest. If you think it is too early to be harvesting grain, think corn. We have been enjoying corn on the cob for a few weeks now.
Any harvest time is a thanksgiving time. When we receive the bounty of the earth, we should give thanks, one way or another. Here in the southwest we give thanks for the rain, which has come sooner and in greater abundance than for several years past. Not enough to cancel the drought of course, but a pleasure all the same. The plants too are showing their gratitude (to speak anthropomorphically) by putting out their flowers. Here are two making a show in my yard this week.
The desert globemallow is a third generation plant from one I transplanted from the arroyo beyond our housing development. The purple mat came with the house; it is hard to photograph because of its small size. It takes many of the little purple flowers to make an impact.