This morning, we woke up to very unusual weather.  I guess I should clarify the statement and add that the weather occurrence was unusual for the Arizona desert.  We woke up to heavy fog.  Not just regular light fog, but heavy fog.

You may be saying at this point….what is the big deal???  Well you see, we rarely get fog in our dry desert climate.  

Now even though I have lived in the desert for almost 25 years – I am no stranger to fog.  You see, I grew up in Southern California which has many foggy days in areas near the coast. 

I remember walking to school at times where I could not see the buildings a few yards away.

When I was in high school, my sister and I would get ready for the day and carefully curl our hair, only to have the curls fall out by the time we had walked to school.  So, we came up with the idea of storing a spare curling iron in our PE locker and would get to school early so that we could repair the damage.  

I look back at that now and I think of how I was a bit shallow at the time being so preoccupied with my appearance.  

I would like to think of myself as above all of that nonsense – especially now that I am in my 40’s.  And so this morning, I decided to venture outside to take a photo of my foggy back garden to post for you to show you how thick the fog was.

That was until I realized that if I went outside, my perfectly curled hair would suffer…..

I guess that I haven’t changed all that much since high school 😉

For those of you who were looking for a pretty, cool photo today – I don’t want you to be disappointed and so I leave you with the picture that I took earlier this week at sunset.

Those of you who have been fortunate to visit the desert southwest have hopefully experienced a beautiful sunset like this one.   
And so, I am thankful for the beautiful sunsets at the end of the day.




**As for the fog…..rare occurrences are okay – as long as I can find my spare curling iron 😉



Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

5 replies
  1. Becca
    Becca says:

    We had the fog too here in Vegas! I noticed it more last night as we were driving home from dinner. I wish I had my camera with me. It really is unusual, here, but I love it! Your sunset photo is really beautiful. Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas!

  2. Desert Dweller
    Desert Dweller says:

    Curls, sunsets, and fog. As a guy with short hair, the first I cannot relate to…but our SW sunsets are simply amazing, and people in wet climates must think we are crazy when it gets foggy or rains!

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