I start my day, before working out or working, seeing scenes like this, as I make my coffee and some breakfast.
Some other views of the same thing.
In summer, I grab a quick breakfast, seeing this as I water in the pots and go work out before it gets too hot. I have to go fast. By 9 am, such views forgotten, I've worked out, in my office designing or working.
I often miss that time with fires, deadlines, or other interruptions.
In spring and fall, it is rarely too warm or cool to be on such time constraints, and I enjoy its entirety. Like a few days ago.
In winter, this happens later, and there are no flowers on those winter jasmines, except late in January, at the earliest...but everything else remains as bones for the light to play off of.
That light - universal to the SW deserts, no matter the elevation.
Hairy Mountain Mahogany (fromt R) stays green all year, and picks up on the low light angle with its leaf hairs. Beaked Yucca (rear L) stays blue-green all year, standing with leaves shimmering against the periodic, brutal E winds, or peacefully in more typical, benign weather.
And right out the dining / kitchen door, not bad even without any flowers on the Autumn Sage. I can smell the coffee.
In front is a Beargrass that reseeded on our property, which a friend transplanted into an existing blue pot. More morning light.