I had a business lunch in Berkeley the other day and on the way home I stopped at Lemuria Nursery in Dixon. The sky was filled with towering clouds—the kind that usually heralds a sudden change in the weather.
The soil of the fields, now bare, contrasted almost epically with the huge Western sky.
The icing on the cake was one lone cactus, some form of Cereus, growing on the edge of a fallow field. The picture postcard motif was complete.
As I was leaving the country road and turned back onto the freeway, I felt like I had just visited a remote corner of the Desert Southwest. Amazing how a place so close to home can seem so far away.