The southern Arizona desert has some interesting plants and flowers. Recently I was combing through some of my images and found these. The top one is an image of a night-blooming Peruvian Cereus, which was in our back yard at the “Cactus Ranch.” Unfortunately, the hard freeze that we had a few years ago destroyed the plant. I found that to be particularly sad, but everything has a life cycle, including us.
The good news is that we can leave behind something of beauty if we choose. We all have that opportunity. I’m grateful to our Cereus plant for sharing her beauty with us, and that I was able to capture these images for posterity. I did some digital enhancements on the top one because I’ll be using it for cards. The bottom image is what the plant looks like with several blooms. Namaste’
Regina (Gina) Arnold is the author of Uncomplicated Ways to Find Your Financial Freedom, a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger.