Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bloomin' Season Winds Down

We've got two fishhook barrel cacti in the front yard, and other than size (one is about 10" high, the other 24") they look identical. However, the smaller one (rescued from the bottom of a Mexican wash) blooms in the Spring, the larger (rescued from a bulldozed desert road) is a Fall bloomer. This larger one has been blooming for a couple weeks now, but with the shorter days, I hardly get home from work in time to see them open, and just about the last buds are showing themselves. The yellow fruit are from a year ago, the green ones are from this year's flowers just closed. The smaller, springtime bloomer is visible at upper left. It will be sad to see the end of the desert flower season, but the cooler temperatures the shorter days bring are welcome to just about everyone. It is nice to see the week's extended forecast and see double digits! We've not been over 100F in a couple days now!

1 comment:

David A. Harvey said...

Very colorful! But remember - real photographers don't . . . :-)