Late October in the Valley of the Sun

Late October days are warm here; nights and early mornings cool and invigorating.

Fall is far more subtle in the Valley of the Sun than most of the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. October doesn’t flash across the horizon and announce its presence in burnt orange, blood red and sunflower yellow.

You need to be a non-traditionalist to observe and appreciate autumn in the Sonoran Desert. To watch the tangelo, grapefruit and lemon fruits transition slowly from green to yellow. They will be ripe for the picking by late December or early January, and we will have juicy citrus and fresh lemonade once again.

As a crew of two arrived to put the finishing touches on our bathroom remodeling project inside, outside Blanca played troubadour, curling and rolling on the sidewalk.

With her frolicking assistance–and the more obvious aid of my telephoto lens–I captured these golden images on a quiet late Wednesday morning in our Polynesian Paradise community.

To be sure, Arizona’s desert is alive with distinction in late October. Where else might feline shenanigans, the promise of citrus, blooming hibiscus, and Halloween coexist?

4 thoughts on “Late October in the Valley of the Sun

  1. Always a joy to read you.

    On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 1:46 PM Mark Johnson Stories wrote:

    > Mark Johnson posted: ” Late October days are warm here; nights and early > mornings cool and invigorating. Fall is far more subtle in the Valley of > the Sun than most of the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. October doesn’t > flash across the horizon and announce its presence in bur” >

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