Why Are They Green?

“Nature is calling out to you. Love nature, the way nature loves you.”

Southern Arizona, the Sonoran desert, is home to many species of trees and plants that grow nowhere else in the world.  Like our state tree, the Palo Verde.  Many people ask, including me when I first came here, why are the tree trunks and branches so green?  Here’s the answer, excerpted from Desert Harvesters:

Palo Verde, Spanish for “green pole” or “green stick,” are so named because their trunks and branches are green. In Arizona there are two native Palo Verde species: the Foothills Palo Verde and the Blue Palo Verde. In the desert, Foothills Palo Verde are found on rocky slopes, while Blue Palo Verde tend to grow along arroyos, or washes. Both species make great nurse trees, providing protection for other native plants such as baby saguaro.

Foothills Palo Verde - My Back Yard

Foothills Palo Verde (Cercidium microphyllum) trees have a yellow-green trunk, tiny leaves, and a spine at the end of each branch. Their seeds are large with a seed pod that constricts around them.

Blue Palo Verde (Cercidium floridum) trees have a blue-green trunk, larger leaves, small spines along the branch at the leaf nodes, and no spine at the end of the branch. Blue Palo Verde seed pods are larger pod than Foothills seed pods, and the pod does not constrict around the seeds.

When these trees are in full bloom in the spring, there is no mistaking what kind they are.  They display the most lovely yellow flowers covering the whole tree.  You can be sure I’ll be finding the best ones to photograph and post them here when they’re in full bloom.

As always, click the image to enlarge.  Namaste.

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It’s That Time Again

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Anybody that’s been to my flower gallery has a very clear understanding of my love of flowers.  Something about them makes me feel closer to God, especially when I see them through my camera lens. And it’s the time of year when tulips are blooming.  I think it might be a little early, but then everything seems to be speeding up.  I’m OK with that as long as the rest of Mother Earth is.

I’m making a confession here – when I press the shutter button, I have a little secret thanks for the bloom.  “I know the spirit of life is still in you, so thanks for sharing your SELF with me.”

Today I made a special trip on my way home to get these specific white tulips.  I simply chose a red background and applied a couple of digital enhancements.  Flowers are so much fun!  I think I said it before … they don’t blink.

Don’t forget to think ahead for your sweetheart this year.  Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away!  And for you guys out there, try to avoid the standard chocolates and other kinds of candy. Most women love chocolate and food is fun but it doesn’t last. Be creative.

As always, just click the image to make it larger. Namaste.

Aircraft Crossing

We live in an airpark, where most of the residents have a small plane (or two) and their own hangar.  I love the sound of small planes taking off.  For some reason, it reminds of the best parts of my childhood.

Neither my husband or I know how to fly a plane, nor can we afford one, but when we found this place, he loved it because it had “dirt.”  Eight acres of dirt and cactus.  So much cactus that if I ever see another one as long as I live, it just might be too soon.  But you know what they say, “bloom where you are planted.”  So we have.  We have come to love living in the airpark and hearing the stories from our neighbors of their adventures with their planes.  One of them even commutes from here to southern CA every day and another to Phoenix.

And then there’s Burt, who has his own helicopter which is really noisy.  And someone here has an ultra-light. I can always tell when that one is around.  It’s even more noisy than Burt.

Living in an airpark has its challenges with technology.  We can’t have cable T.V. It has to be a satellite dish.  Cell phone reception is fragmented.  And there is no piped in gas.  Everyone has a propane tank, but most of the homes are all electric.  Hardly anyone has a garbage disposal because we’re all on septic systems.

But with the exception of the planes taking off, it’s quiet enough around here to actually hear birds singing, coyotes howling, and Harris hawks calling to their mates.  Then at night, if they’re around, we can hear the owls of all varieties hooting like they own the place.  I love all of the sounds here. And I also love listening to the quiet, especially right before the sun does down.

We stopped by the airpark office today and saw this plane.  I don’t know what kind it is, but it sure looked interesting. The propeller is in the rear and it looks like it might be missing the nose gear.  Huh?

And then we noticed the new sign.  When I first saw it, I thought it was a railroad crossing sign.  What?????  The streets in the airpark are also taxi-ways. Like how could you miss giving the right of way to an airplane?   Look both ways!!!

As always, click images to make them larger.

Namaste.

Keep Calm and Smell a Rose

There seems to be a lot of “stuff” coming up for people these days.  I’m hearing more and more accounts of feelings, vibes, emotions, whatever we want to call them that are surfacing now. Is this an effort to discard any old baggage we might be carrying around with us?  Maybe from past incarnations? Maybe from this one? Are we getting signs from our Creator that this needs to happen … like NOW?

Whatever it is, it seems as though we are being urged by a powerful life force to let go of the old junk that’s renting space in our minds, hearts and souls.  We are one.  That I’m sure of.  What we give out is what we get back.  It may not happen immediately, but eventually it does.  I’m experiencing this in my own life and I wrote of it in a previous post about loading my boomerang.  I can make a conscious decision to load it with love and light or with something not quite so positive, like revenge, anger, hurt, guilt, etc.  I believe more and more of us humans are here to make more conscious choices now.  Rather than do things, think things, say things or feel things out of old hurtful habits, we can choose to see any situation differently and react (or not) from a different place. I’m one who often has to remind myself that, in any given situation, I can choose to slow down and think about how I want to respond instead of an instantaneous reaction.  We can’t take our words back; they either hurt or they heal.  When we come from a place of separation (our ego), we have the power to hurt.  When we come from a place of unity (our heart), we have the power to heal. It’s that simple. It’s the learning to live from your heart that’s the hard part.  But we’d better start sooner than later.

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Life unfolds like a flower.  We are transitioning into a new dimension; a paradigm shift.  We are awakening. We are not victims; we are the lightworkers. Some say that we had a pre-birth agreement to incarnate at this time, to be part of the transition in unison with our beloved planet – the jewel of the Universe – to accompany her to a new level of being, in harmony with all that is.  Some say we stood in line to get this chance. Kind of like American Idol.  Well, maybe that’s not the right analogy 🙂

What courageous souls we are to be living in this time of duality – the dark in contrast with the light – when we have a myriad of choices and are part of this – the awakening of all of humanity.  Hold on to your hats; it’s going to be such a fun ride!

When I look at a flower, I see life, hope, beauty, kindness, birth, freedom … all the good things in life. Keep calm and smell the flowers. Give yourself a bouquet today.

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ~ Maria Robinson

Namaste.

Blooms Don’t Blink

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A good friend of ours used to own a flower shop in San Francisco, so whenever I take a photo of a bloom, I think of her and wonder how she would arrange this kind of flower with others into a stunning arrangement.  She has given me lots of insight into the world of flowers and I appreciate that.

Photographing flowers and plants comes relatively easy for most people because the blooms don’t blink, fidget, look away, or any of the things we have to watch for when shooting pictures of people and pets.

Most often I take the liberty of applying some special effects to my floral photos.  With this one, I converted it to black and white and then brought out the center in color and used a black background.