Earth – the substance of the land surface – in my part of Arizona it reminds me of the saying ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’! Landscaping strategies here include generous numbers of Rocks and plenty of gravel Hardscape.
Our yard consists of a gravel mulch that covers soil that is a course reddish material with large sections of impenetrable caliche (soil particles that have been cemented together by calcium carbonate.)
Meandering from one end of the yard to the other is a stone feature I call ‘Big River’.
‘Big River’ is a make believe creek bed that only gets wet when it rains.
‘Big River’ begins in a spiral rock feature I call ‘The Maze’.
A large stone lizard slithers towards the patio and breaks the monotony of yet some more gravel (the maze area is in the distance.)
In contrast, Earth at our Alberta house is a rich black soil. A carpet of green grass (sometimes a blanket of dead yellow grass if we don’t get enough rain) circles flower beds and stone walkways.
The Arizona yard and the Alberta yard, though on different ends of a spectrum of what Earth has to offer, are in just two of the many ecosystems that the Earth’s surface can support. What kind of land surface do you call home?
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Earth.
Categories: Nature Wildlife