This is the stretch of road bordering our property. Several small washes from the neighboring properties cross the road…

 

This is the stretch of road bordering our property. Several small washes from the neighboring properties cross the road and empty out onto our land. We get the overflow from the Rincon creek as well, so we flood from two directions. Swipe to the right to see what it looks like on our driveway when it floods like this.. it can be a little unnerving sometimes but we love it! The grasslands and fertile soil that this river bottom flooding creates is worth it. The desert is very diverse in vegetation as well as soil composition! River bottom soil has layers and layers of sand and nutrients from composted vegetation, which makes the perfect environment for growing trees. Tall old mesquite forests line the rivers and creeks throughout the desert. As you walk up the hill out of the flood planes you’ll find mostly caliche rocks and clay. You can tell the difference in the soil composition by the vegetation that grows in it. On the hill behind our property the mesquite trees are short and bush like. As you walk back down the hill toward the creek the trees begin to tower well over our house and branch out forming a huge shade canopy. When in their ideal growing environment, mesquites are majestic and provide much needed shade and relief for all forms of life in the brutal dessert around them! The plants cacti and trees that grow in this extreme desert environment are survivors and have my full respect! 🙌🏼 #riverbottom #desertfloods #tucsonmonsoon #arizonamonsoon #mesquiteforest #rinconcreek #rinconcreekfarm #floodplanes

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