The Green Desert

We are privileged to live in one of the most beautiful regions on the planet.

Here, we are witness to the most wonderful occurrence in any desert… the awakening of life after the rains. Our rainfall average is 13 inches per year, ¡which is 10 times less than Mexico’s southeast! (for example, Chiapas averages 156 inches). The only way rain occurs here is if there is a storm near the Peninsula. Due to this, rainfall must be used in the best way possible.

Previously we’ve learned about how cacti can store and protect their water, but what happens with the other plants? Remember that during the hottest months everything seems dry? Plants go “to sleep” to avoid misusing energy and water. This can occur every few months or even years. Once it rains, everything comes back to life at full speed. Some plants such as the Red Torote and Ocotillos are able to make their leaves grow in just 24 hours. That is because they need to make use of a very short humidity period in order to grow.

Growing is not the most important factor but reproduction is. So this is when the show begins. Many plants are competing to attract the pollinating commission, birds, insects, reptiles and mammals, by using the most colourful and fragrant flowers. The same way plants do, many animals like frogs, butterflies, dragonflies and other insects awaken to fulfill the same duties, into what is considered one of the most beautiful spectacles in the world.

Remember how fortunate we are and let’s work together so in addition to us, our visitors can enjoy this as well. We need to handle our resources in a responsible way. We can do this if we don’t waste water at home and of course if we don’t litter on the river beds.

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