Day Two of Seven [Video]

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Day two of my week long series of images in black and white.

This particular image is of a Peruvian Cereus, which only blooms at night. You can see it happen in real time during this 2-min. video. Enjoy!

When we first moved to the “cactus ranch,” I thought this was just another variety of cactus. I had no idea what this plant would do until I saw the pods forming and, wow, do they grow fast! I was up early in the morning to catch images before they closed up.

This particular morning, I got up a little late but managed to capture it before it closed and was gone for good. I have to say that I truly loved the natural wonder of this cactus. It had (I counted) 27 blooms of beauty. I miss it!

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

 

Serious About the Cereus

A little play on words today. For throwback Thursday I decided to resurrect one of my older images from 2009. It’s a shot of one of the many night-blooming Peruvian Cereus flowers that grew at our home in Tucson.

Getting up early in the morning to capture images of this amazing plant was such a thrill for me. I’d walk outside and talk to it, asking for it to give me all that it had … and it did not disappoint. This is one of my all-time favorites.

Happy Thursday! Namaste’

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Regina (Reggie) Arnold is a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of the Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger.

 

Shrooms!

On our way back from walking Daisy, hubby discovered a few new things in the front yard.  Growing out from under our Lantana plant were some really cool mushrooms.  We’ve had some rain lately and these cool fungi decided to sprout up rather quickly.  They weren’t there yesterday. Wow! Mother Nature can certainly be persistent. Namaste’

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Regina (Reggie) 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.

Out the Window

We had a wonderful rainstorm here today.  The Old Pueblo really needed it, too.  All of our outdoor plants are doing the happy dance now in joyful jubilation.  For a minute I thought I heard tiny little voices singing “Raindrops keep falling on my head.”  Okay, maybe it was just my imagination.

Just when it started to pour sideways, as it sometimes does during our summer tempests, I looked out my office window and saw the peephole created by something or another.  Isn’t it odd that there would be this opening?  I thought it was kind of cool to see the reflection of my desk lamp in the image, too.

Have a beautiful Sunday.  Namaste’

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In Like a Lamb

Here in sunny southern AZ, I’m finding that Spring is edging ever closer.  New plants are starting to come up all around me and I love it.  I just wish I could send it to the other parts of the country that are still knee deep in that cold, white, frozen precipitation.  They’re getting all of that, and we’re praying that the prediction of rain for us tomorrow will actually come to pass.  Go figure.

Mother Nature can be tricky sometimes but she always escorts Spring in like a lamb.  It just takes longer to get to some places.

I did manage to see this crop of yellow wildflowers and since they were on the ridge behind our house, I had to stand on my tiptoes and zoom way out to get this image.

So this is for all of my friends who are still frigid.  Don’t take that the wrong way 🙂  Namaste’

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So Many Arms!

This is one of those images I’ve been meaning to capture because I drive by this cactus all the time.  It’s just hard to pull over and get out without getting run over 🙂  But the opportunity finally came about today and so here she (or he) is … the crazy cactus whose arms don’t know which way to grow … or go … just a case of semantics I guesss.  Somehow this reminds me of how my hair looks in the morning – LOL!  Namaste’

Barrel of Boundaries

Setting boundaries can be a tricky thing, but we have to do it.  If we don’t, we can be manipulated so easily.  Especially women.  Why?  Because we are typically the nurturers, the caretakers, the keeper of the keys to the family.  The purpose of having boundaries is to protect and take care of ourselves. We need to be able to tell other people (yes, especially those we love) when they are acting in ways that are not acceptable to us. We have not only the right, but the duty, to take responsibility for how we allow others to treat us.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, humans lived in a matriarchal society, where the feminine energy was dominant.  Eventually that changed into a more male dominated energy.  Even though women have made tremendous strides in so many areas, setting healthy boundaries is pretty important.  And it’s equally as important for men.  Have you ever felt like you’ve given yourself away to everyone else?  If so, what’s left for you?  How can you give if you don’t have enough energy to take care of yourself?

I’ve been there … got the t-shirt, complete with the tear stains and I’m here to say … today … that I’m just not going there again.

Today’s photo is a Barrel Cactus in my yard.  I believe it has some pretty visible boundaries and you can bet I won’t be crossing them.  I respect this cactus for what it is.  Namaste’

 

 

Nothing Lasts Forever … or Do We?

While talking with a good friend this morning, I realized that my feelings about life being eternal may be questioned and that’s OK.  It’s simply what I choose to believe.  For me, it just doesn’t make sense that there would be this one life and then poof! it’s over and there’s nothing but nothingness.

As we talked over some other things, we were saying how most people live in the past and I think that’s true.  I’ve spent a good portion of my time there.  But now, if I ground myself and remind myself that I am present, here and now, I can let go of the thoughts of the past.  Does it work all the time?  Noooooo!  But it’s getting better.  Do we want to hang on to those good memories?  Of course we do and we should. It’s the cruddy ones we need to let go of.

I was reminded of a quote by Alan Cohen (I really like what he has to say) “If you are living in the past, you are homeless in the now.”

My friend also said that she hadn’t received any post cards from the other side.  Me either and what a bummer!  But something tells me those folks are all way too busy bee-bopping around the universe to send out post cards.  I’d love to hear what you think about this.  Feel free to comment below.

Today’s photo is the last of my lilies.  I decided to leave the one that’s fading away in the vase simply for contrast. Namaste’

 

Pathways

While driving, I had to make a u-turn and found myself here. It’s an entrance to a gated community and I thought it was so lovely, so of course I whipped out the camera.  I like how the light was streaming slightly through the tree onto the flowers. Whoever lives behind those gates has a very picturesque pathway to use going to and from home.  I hope all your pathways in life are picture perfect.  Namaste’

 

 

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