Google reminded us to turn out the lights during Earth Hour, and now while “googling” something, I am reminded that today, April 22nd, is Earth Day.
Before moving to Irvine, California, we lived in Tucson, Arizona.
Most people think of the desert as rugged and hearty, certainly not fragile and fleeting. With the temperature hovering over the century mark from April through November during the daytime, one can only imagine how difficult it is for the flora and fauna to thrive and persevere.
I am reminded of a flower that blooms only one summer night in Tucson, and closes up at sunrise the very next morning, called the Night Blooming Cereus, or Queen of the Night.
I am reminded how fortunate we are here in Irvine, California to live so close to the Upper Newport Ecological Preserve, a sanctuary for migratory birds, and other critters including ourselves.
I am reminded that Sabino Canyon–a desert oasis in Tucson’s Coronado National Forest–had as a reminder of its fragility at its entrance which read: