As the summer season begins to wind down for most, I quite enjoyed one of Noels recent pictures marking the time of year. It got me thinking about how to possibly do the same thing here in Phoenix. Easier thought than done however!?
We generally don’t get a drastic difference in weather here, or change in color for that matter, to really associate with the seasonal transformation…so I thought the best way to show this is by actually doing it in reverse. Doesn’t make much sense, right? Well, here’s a classic example of the desert climate.
Many golf courses will lie dormant during the heat of summer, a lot of which has to do with water conservation and maintenance…plus, only the die-hards would want to be out under the blazing sun to get their fix of the sport, which makes a course extremely cost inefficient to operate for a very, very small minority. This is a course that’s within walking distance of where I live…I pass by it each and every day, and have watched the effects of the summer sun deteriorate the grounds since late May. I’ll never understand though how weeds can continually grow and survive!!
Anyway, to the point I was trying to make before rambling on…in the short time coming, this will be flipped on its head and turned freshly green and playable within the matter of about a weeks time…and thus symbolically signifying the “end” of summer. It’s certainly not an aesthetically endearing picture, but one that hopefully can amuse you for a moment. The WS gives an idea of the differences of conditions between seasons.
Thanks for playing along!
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subhendu_bagchi (21364) 2013-09-04 4:14
this composition is well suited in panoramic framing. Good view. Like the sunlight on the highlighted area. Great use of shallow DOF which help us to concentrate only on the links with a tress of surrounding. Good shot. Tfs.
Sergiom (45842) 2013-09-04 4:27
Difficile d'imaginer une telle chaleur en été que l'on laisser aller les terrains de golf pour les reprendre à l'automne.Surprenant aussi d'apprendre qu'ils redeviennent vert en l'espace d'une semaine.
ikeharel (44321) 2013-09-04 5:03
Some flowers in red take advantage of the last summer heat to blossom. Yet, looks as the dry weather overwhelmed the green and playing golf fans would wait for a few weeks now.
The trees are typical desert plated: low and spread few meters between, not too dense forest.
Lovely forest picture, "links" in white to where...?
mirosu (8406) 2013-09-04 5:14
Thanks for excellent introductory note. I know how hot it can be in Phoenix during summer. But the heat would not stop me to play golf. Two years ago I was playing in Victoria, Australia at +45C (113F) and many ears back in Middle East at 50C (122F). You may say "crazy man", but golfers are very often crazy.
I like your photo with nice pine tress spread through the frame. Well done.
Thank you for your nice comments to my Bern photo.
It was taken on 29th December, at very sad occasion. I came to Bern to see in hospital my very good friend who passed away following January 2nd.
Noel_Byrne (13666) 2013-09-04 5:20
Very nice idea to do this, and even though we share a planet, the differences between our worlds are marked indeed! Here in Ireland, the drought season might only be a few weeks, but even that wont be enough to make the golf courses anything but the lushest of green, (golf + money = beautiful landscape!!). I still stand back in amazement when I see your world and how scorched it actually gets, my little Irish head finds it hard to imagine that level of heat all the time.
Puts things in context for me anyway, when I sit in the shade moaning about temperatures over 30 Celsius :)
To put an idea for how I handle this kind of heat, I remember once coming home from holidays in Spain, and flying into Belfast international. When I got outside the airport late that night, it was quite fresh, and bucketing rain. I happily took off my coat and stood in the pouring rain and got soaked, pleased as punch to be back on the soggy home turf.
You're right about the weeds too, these things are hardy to say the least, and manage to grow in the weirdest of places and harshest of conditions. One day weeds will rule the world. Or perhaps in light of changes in law in some US states, Weed will rule the world. (We seen the news article here about the police handing out Doritos at the hempfest!)
Thanks again for sharing a part of your world.
All the best
tyro (15817) 2013-09-04 6:14
Despite living in Scotland, I'm not a golfer. In fact, your countryman, Mark Twain, very wisely remarked that a game of golf was " a good walk spoiled"!
But, despite all that, I appreciate your full and informative note, particularly in so far as it relates to the dramatic changes which the seasons can make in the desert climate of Arizona.
You have included two excellent photographs showing vegetation poles apart - the dry, arid appearance of just now and the lusher, greener appearance of later in the year. Both pictures are perfectly taken with lovely colours and light, perfect exposure and composition and excellent details and sharpness.
jhm (128287) 2013-09-05 3:25
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
These picture is very pleasant to look at, maybe also for to make a good stroll in these surrounding
Wonderful founded and very well photo work.
Sharpness and colours are very nice.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
marabu61 (5879) 2013-09-06 0:01
Who actually decides what are weeds and what not? If the can survive the desert heat, they certainly have their right to be there.
While it will be getting greener at your end, over here we are awating fall with its explosing colors, the morning mists and the special mood created by these.
It is nice to hear that there are some reasonable and enviroonment concisous golf courses thinking about water consumption and letting it dry out in summer.
have a great day
danos (78330) 2013-09-06 8:42
nice the view as the presentation of this section of the park,with the 'links' to dominating the foreground of the scene.Excellent the light and the colour management of the image.
emka (64492) 2013-09-10 23:17
Hi Jason, Interesting note. We usually link the outdoor activities with summer (of course, not skiing!) and here it is opposite, the high season starts in early autumn. But the area doesn't look so bad. The weeds are always green,the grass is burnt but there are palm and pines. But probably too hot for walking. The tiny red flowers survived and look so nice.
What is this white LINKS , partly overgrown with weeds?
In Arizona, you have no winter in the sense we in north have so one doesn't see so much change. I am always sad when summer ends and we have to wait long months for the next warm days but when they come we are again older..