“What if a cactus felt really bad?
Hurt and depressed and truly quite sad?
Feeling unwelcome or feeling unliked,
Not feeling like dealing with being all spiked…”
~ Could You Hug a Cactus, by Phillip Van Wagoner, 2016
A neighbor recently invited me down to shoot some pictures of the blossoms on a barrel cactus he’s had since it was a seedling. These were the first blossoms on this particular cactus. It’s 35 years old. Desert gardens take patience!
To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. ~ Jane Austen
A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.
~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the ages can.
~ William Wordsworth
However mean your life is, meet it and live it. ~ Henry David Thoreau
Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”
I must have flowers, always, and always. ~ Claude Monet
People trample over flowers, yet only to embrace a cactus. ~ James Joyce