the desert smells like rain

I have lost track of my days as the end of the year approaches. It seems like a few nights ago we went to the desert botanical gardens to take an evening walk through the desert with paths glimmering from the luminarias. Last time we went to see las noches de las luminarias for the holidays it was so packed with people it was hard to enjoy. Last Thursday the experience was more intimate and along with the luminarias we enjoyed the exhibit Chilhuly: The Nature of Glass at Night. Some pieces were more organic and placed within the desert environment, growing out of the ground, being built up into forms that represented desert plant forms, and some became ice floating on the pond. Other pieces were placed into boats or hung like chandeliers. It was beautiful to see the art and luminarias glowing all the while the desert smelled like rain.