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’

 

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Silhouette

In response to today’s blog post prompt, I chose this silhouette of a saguaro cactus. When these grow in the desert, they are almost always in close proximity to a Palo Verde or Mesquite tree, as in this image.

Everyone needs a buddy, including the might Saguaro. Have a blessed and beautiful weekend!

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Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Lone Sentinel

Today while out and about I spied this lone saguaro.  It seemed to say “take my picture” so I did.  I added a couple of special effects.  Might make this one into a greeting card.  Enough said.  Namaste’

Ouch! Don’t Get Too Close

Beware of the Chollas

This photo is right outside of our back yard.  It’s a variety of the Cholla cactus and it likes to find open skin. In fact, it jumps at the chance to do so.  Literally.  When we first moved here, we were looking at houses and ventured around to look in the back windows of one place.  All of a sudden there were about five of these spiny chollas stuck to my ankles.  And you can’t just pull them out.  You have to be so careful or they’ll work their way into your hands as you do.

There should be signs posted around the desert that say BEWARE OF THE CHOLLAS.

So you’re probably asking yourself, “why would anybody in their right mind live in the Arizona desert?”  Good question … if you find the answer let me know.  I’ll be packing for someplace by the ocean, preferably on the beach 🙂  Hmmm … Ventura sounds nice right now. Namaste.