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Category Archives: Desert



All zoos are both beguiling and repellent. ~ Thomas French




The federal government has sponsored research that has produced a tomato that is perfect in every respect, except that you can’t eat it. We should make every effort to make sure this disease, often referred to as ‘progress’, doesn’t spread. ~ Andy Rooney


The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. ~ Albert Einstein, Living Philosophies


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



The morning glories and the sunflowers turn naturally toward the light, but we have to be taught, it seems. ~ Richard Rohr


The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail. – Amitendranath Tagore


A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.
― Friedrich Max Müller


Gentle sleep! Scatter thy drowsiest poppies from above; And in new dreams not soon to vanish, bless My senses with the sight of her I love. ~ Horace (Horatio) Smith


Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book. ~ Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book


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!