When I look outside and see the blooms, I feel an urgency to go out and take photos. The sun is out all day and with the heat, already the grass has begun to dry. The Cactus blooms in many cases last only a day or two at most.
Here is the second installment of Desert In Bloom. AKA, “eye-candy”. You can see Part 1 here…
On the one hand, I’m pleased with the results. On the other, I know that the photos don’t do it justice. What the photos leave out are the scents and sounds of a desert that refuses to be washed out and silenced.
It is close to impossible to capture the enormity and the scarcity of it all and so I opted to be intimate with the blooms.
My meditation the last few days has been a familiar one.
Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Despite my attempt to be present, I stepped on some spines that went through my shoe. I was looking at the flowers and not the ground.
I continued to take photos with a mindful limp. I figured that soon enough I will have my tweezers and I knew from the sting that this has only been a warning.
Fool! This is the start of snake season. Look before you step. I change my meditation.
Look. Look again. Then, Walk as if you are kissing the earth…
And, with all this beauty outside, I walk into my kitchen to find that the Christmas Cactus, perhaps feeling a bit envious, decided to bloom.
If you would like to read more check out:
Old Man of the Andes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oreocereus_celsianus
Stag Horn Cholla’s latin name is Opuntia Versicolor but I have yet to find a good link.