This week, on the afar.com homepage:
...and below is the highlight:
(always a thrill to be published)
This morning, after I finished my Sabino Canyon run,
I grabbed my iPhone out of the car
and went back to take a few photos--
this year, a few weeks earlier than usual,
the saguaros are already blooming:
The cacti can be decades old before they start blooming,
and each hand-sized bloom stays 'fresh' for only a day;
bats and doves love to pollinate them...
The blooms are often hard to photograph since they're usually on the arm-tops,
but occasionally, you get a low-reaching limb:
Saguaros aren't the only cacti blooming;
cholla flowers are coming out too...
Summer's almost here...just three weeks left in the classroom...and the thermometer is climbing...