Electric Desert by Jack Marsh
On the evening of October 4, 2018, my wife Becky and I attended a member only preview of “The Electric Desert” at the Desert Botanical Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. This was a light and music show arranged on the trails within the museum grounds. The show is open to the public from October 12, 2018 through May 12, 2019. There is also an addition of luminarias during December. I have attached a few photos that can perhaps describe the experience better than I can.
Large and small cacti and yuccas are lighted with moving and fixed lights operating in time with music. There are also lights projected onto a nearby butte in similar fashion. The overall effect is nice way to spend a few hours in the nighttime desert. If it were spring or summer the moths and bats would be very active visiting the cactus in bloom. We saw only one small flower on one prickly pear type cactus! One after note: we always comment when we travel to Phoenix that the Sonora Desert is always greener than the Great Basin or the Mohave.
While we were there we received about 2.5” of rain in a couple of hours from the leftovers of Hurricane Rosa and this was after the end of the normal Monsoon season. I expect the reason for the relative greenness is that the Sonora Desert gets its rainfall distributed fairly evenly throughout the year and in greater overall amounts than the other deserts.
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