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Mererid ([personal profile] mererid) wrote2010-04-29 08:20 am
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A Beautiful Late Spring Day

Right now a lot of the local desert plants are blooming, so the other day I took my camera with me on my walk through the neighborhood.


Blooming prickly pear cactus against a clear blue sky.


I love the contrast between the purple of the mature pads and the green of the new buds here.


The yellow of these flowers is so cheerful.


I believe these blooms belong to a type of agave, although I'm not sure which kind.


Itty bitty baby prickly pear pads!


I wish I had been able to get all of this beautiful palo verde in the shot, but I would have had to stand in the middle of the street to do so. These trees are so pretty in the spring, with their golden blossoms and green bark. They also provide wonderful shade--I could feel the temperature drop 10-15 degrees when I walked under this tree.


Yet another type of prickly pear--so much variety just walking down the street.


I really like the way the red flowers punctuate the long green stems of this ocotillo.


I was afraid that the afternoon light would be too harsh but I think that for the most part the photos turned out well.


I'm not sure if this is another variety of prickly pear or if its some type of cholla--they're closely related, anyhow.


It's amazing how something so severe looking can produce something so pretty and delicate. The desert is harsh, but it has its own beauty.
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[personal profile] cesy 2010-04-29 04:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, pretty pictures.
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[personal profile] lavendertook 2010-04-29 08:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, pretty pics! I take most of my pics that time of day or a little later--you just have to watch whihc angle you;re taking the pic from--as long as you're not shooting into the sunside, you're good, which I see you found. What a perfect sky!

Yay purple and green prickly pear! The palo verde is pretty! I love the apricot prickly pear flowers.

I've been trying to reply to your email, but my mail's not letting me for some reason. We went to a french restaurant across the street from Ford's theater that I had been curious about, and it was lovely--very country inside, though not quite as hobbity as that french cafe I've put up pics of, and the food was very good and Robin loved it, so she was a hobbit despite her claims to not care about food. (-; I had a very yummy watercress soup. We had a fun time chatting. Tonight we meet up with aprilkat, and I've brought a few dolls because Robin said she was curious to see them, and you know you don't have to say more than that for me to haul a few. :-P

We are having yet another perfect April day . . lalalala!!! Bottle this and I'd never need antidepressants again.

Glad you got through yesterday's appt. *squooshes*