The blooms on the Saguaros have begun to open – a bit early it seems – which makes me wonder about global warming.
For the past week, I’ve been on the lookout for one that is positioned where the blooms would be at eye level so that I can take closeups. This is easier said than done.
Tonight, I found this one that is on my neighbor’s property in the desert below his driveway.
I had to stand on the wall at the edge of the driveway to manage this photo and still, I found that I was two feet too short. I want to be able to look down into the center of the flowers when they open.
Oh well, at least the angle is such that the setting sun actually lights the blooms.
Continuing on the walk, we interrupted some coyotes that were out on an evening hunt. Thankfully, the dog did not decide to chase them.
They continued left while we turned right.
The dog was more interested in the raven that was flying above us making a raucous.
The moon was awesome tonight and the weather cool enough to cause me to linger and catch up with my neighbour at the top of her driveway while our dogs played.
With a moon like that, you can be sure that if you hear the sound of police or fire sirens it will be followed by the howling of the coyotes within earshot. Tonight we were surrounded. They were too far to see but there were many. The dogs fortunately stayed close by.
As I started walking towards the wash, I noticed that if I looked right (to the east) the moon was rising and that almost exactly to the west, the sun was setting. I stopped and took two photos.
There’s hardly anything left blooming. We’re at the end of the summer and everyone is looking forward to the early mornings when we actually get to open our windows again to enjoy the cooler temperatures.
A staghorn cholla bloom surprised me at the end of our walk.
Oh, and the dog is not a pup anymore but to me she will always be.