Bursting

Bursting
I so love all the Spring flowering trees. ♥ And they are extra special as their moment to shine is so fleeting. They do not last long to begin with and a good wind can make that ever so short time even less.

Wow, I left Prescott for a few days and some of the trees are already starting to blossom!  I was shocked as a year or 2 ago, it snowed in April and the trees were just blossoming then so we are a good 6 weeks ahead of the normal schedule. I know that while others have had a rough winter, we in AZ have had a very dry and mild winter. Visitors and snowbirds might love that but I fear it spells drought and wildfires which are never good for the desert (or anywhere else, for that matter). Anyway, as my Mom says, “Not much you can do about the weather.”.

Hat

“Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.”~B Hecht

Mexican Hat (1 of 1)
Mexican Hat Flower

We are having a bit of a heat wave here in Prescott and record highs throughout the state.  Having lived in Phoenix, I think the highest temperature I saw was 121*.  Stick your head in a pizza oven and you’ll pretty much get the same effect.  Still, I’ll take that over mid-80s and 95% humidity any day.  Today was hot, hot, hot but in the afternoon some building monsoon clouds were rolling about and then all of a sudden a fierce wind whipped around the dust and tumbleweeds (Yes, they really do tumble in these parts.). And then…..a few raindrops, just about 10.  It was rather anti-climactic but still, it smelled wonderful and I was happy to see them.

 

Delicate

“The reactions of the human heart are not mechanical and predictable but infinitely subtle and delicate.” ~D Ikeda

It’s been breezy for the last week and a half.  Under those conditions, shooting delicate flowers like these Mexican poppies require waiting for a split-second lull in the wind.  All the springtime bloomers are out now and even the roses are starting to emerge.  And while the saguaro flower is Arizona’s official state flower, this is probably the most common as far as numbers and locations go.  They are basically wildflowers and are found throughout all of the diverse ecosystems within AZ.   If the weather conditions are right, they will almost completely cover the bland desert landscape, creating a sea of yellow on the mountainsides throughout the Sonoran desert.

I sometimes feel like I post too many flowers but they have a certain allure for me…..first off, they are just downright pretty and secondly, they do not stand still in time for very long, fading and dying in a relatively short period of time.

 

Ahead

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”~Thoreau

"Spring Ahead"
“Spring Ahead”

A solo tulip from the same bunch as a few posts ago, with a few textures added.  As I mentioned before, I like to get mileage out of my subjects. I shot this with my new Nikkor 85mm 1.8 and I think the lens is a keeper. It is nice and sharp and the bokeh is very smooth.

Daylight Savings Time…a concept that seems a bit outdated at this point in  time.  I guess it could have potential benefits as far as energy conservation is concerned but I always found it annoying when I was living back in NY, especially when you “lose” an hour of sleep.  Arizona is one of two states that does not follow along (HI is the other) probably due to an over abundance of sunshine.

Ripe

“Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.”~ Kierkegaard

It was a lovely day today here in Prescott and after doing some errands, I walked around for a bit by the local museum (really more of a restoration village) where they have some pretty gardens in bloom.  The fruit trees are beginning to bear their goods and the roses are starting to bloom.  I was never a rose person (maybe they are just too cliche for me) but I love hollyhocks. 

I didn’t even see the hummingbird when I first approached the pink blooms but the little bugger did see me and zoomed off.  This was severely backlit and I had no time to change settings so Lightroom fill light to the rescue.

Grow

“People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die”~Plato.

The lotus is one of my favorite flowers.  Not only are they just so pretty but I like how they symbolize growth from rather difficult circumstances. They are both delicate and yet at the same time, quite strong and tough.  I think that as humans, it is the balance of this dichotomy between hard and soft  that we should also strive for within for ourselves.