Monday, April 27, 2015

A WEEK OF DESERT BLOOMS...

Short on verbiage this week, but long on beauty.  An entire week of blooming cacti from the Vegas Valley.  The photos here were "enhanced" (because I was in a "pick-me-up" mood), but the blooms are really as bright as you think.  And, that cactus above is really purple - a Purple Pancake Cactus, to be exact.  The blooms are short lived, but always spectacular...all photos were taken the past three weeks at Ethel M's Cactus Garden, here in Henderson, NV.  The reds and brilliant oranges are the first to come and go every spring and were missed this year, but the rest have been mighty impressive.
And darting around the blooms on one particular plant yesterday, was this little guy - SO fast - SO bright.
He stayed long enough to drink his fill, allowing for some hastily snapped shots... 
Do you know how hard it is to follow a darting hummingbird with a camera and snap before he moves again?!  And then he was gone.


Happy Monday - back tomorrow with a little more Spring in my step! 

10 comments:

Maywyn Studio said...

Stunning photos!
A Happy Monday to you!

Mary Ann Potter said...

How beautiful! Your desert flowers and birds are wonderful. Bright spots on any day!

My Garden Diaries said...

These blooms are so COOL!!! I always enjoy posts about flowers that are different from my zone as they carry a different beauty than we have here....they are STUNNING!!!! And YES I know how hard it is to catch a snap of those little guys! Your pictures of the hummingbirds are incredible!!! Lovely post my friend!!! Hope you have a super week! Nicole xoxo

kathyinozarks said...

beautiful photos!

Laurie said...

Great shots of the hummingbirds, Tanya. And, I never get over how beautiful flowers in different parts of the country are. Yours are so, so pretty!

Quinn said...

I love it when the hummingbirds arrive!
Yesterday I saw such a strange thing when I was at a store pricing bagged soil for windowboxes (which I also have to either buy or build, and SOON if I want them up this year). In the midst of all sorts of garden plants, a shelf of little potted cacti/succulents that had been painted. Yup. The entire plant. In sort of dayglo-y colors. With tags explaining that the paint was "non-toxic." To each their own, but sometimes I wonder what would happen if people applied their design and marketing skills to something useful, like world peace.

Colleen Mcgraw said...

Hey how the heck did you get that bird to pose? Beautiful photos

Dorthe said...

What an amazing light there is there, and those birds are fantastic, in their brightness, and sweetness.
You surely captured so much beauty, in your photoes, dear Tanya.
Hugs from Dorthe

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

So beautiful! Great shots of the hummer. :) Best wishes, Tammy

Vicki Boster said...

Unbelievable-- oh my gosh-- gorgeous blooms!!
Xoxoxo
Vicki