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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 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


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!


Where flowers bloom so does hope. ~ Lady Bird Johnson


The mantis seizes the locust but does not see the yellow bird behind him. ~ Chinese Proverb


Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring? ~ Neltje Blanchan


I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God. ~ Alan Hovhaness

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment. ~ Ansel Adams

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