Night Bloomer

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’

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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.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

Sometimes I participate in the WordPress weekly photo challenge; sometimes I don’t.  But this week was pretty easy.  The subject is curves – not mine – that’s for sure 🙂

The first image is of a downtown parking structure. Made me kind of dizzy just to look at it.  There is no digital enhancement to this photo.  I think I must speak to the city planning commissioner about this 🙂

The next image is also from my archives, of a wall inset that I found one day while walking down the hall where my mom lives. I just thought it would look nice as a pencil sketch.

The final image is one of a life-size stone statue that I found one day in front of a convenience store.  It makes me feel peaceful to look at it so I had it enlarged and framed in my home.  Namaste’

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I wish you calm; peace beyond words
I wish you calm; peace beyond words