There is a bloom about this large that is on a thinner cactus called Queen of the Night. I have a very small one in the yard. I'll take and post daytime pictures of the two...This is also out front and I thought about shooting the bud as it looked like it would open soon.
Friday, April 30, 2010
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Being directly under the landing path of a plane is kind of cool. Here's one coming in and flying directly overhead.
Something very interesting happened shortly after it passed over. A kind of whistling sound almost like rushing wind crossed with a a rope or cable whipping (or trailling) through the air came over. No wind, though that might be expected. And it lasted longer than it took for the plane to pass overhead. A short time later a breeze came past, but nothing really strong. Another plane went nearly overhead and the sound was there but much less so. Another plane and no sound...
With temperatures climbing into the upper 90's (F) summer can't be far away. Today was a nice change with a cold front and mid-60's. It won't take long to get back up, though, and the saguaros are starting to bud out so they'll be blooming soon enough. Until then, there are still other flowers coming into their glory.
Clarret cup at one of Mom's neighbor's yard.
Yucca (not sure of the species) at Tovrea Castle
and a type of Agave
Here's some agave sprouts on the flower stalk. Sometimes there are seed pods, sometimes sprouts, sometimes both.
Assorted Prickly Pear:
Friday, April 16, 2010
and muddy brown.
and this is called a temple
It has a name - everything in the canyon has a name attached to it - I just don't know what it is.
Monument Valley is on the Navajo Reservation and a small part extends into Utah. The two mittens shown below and the large monument to the right are all in Arizona. Some pictures further down show monuments between the left mitten and the right monument. Those in between, from that angle, are all in Utah. The majority of the monuments/valley as well as the Monument itself is in Arizona. You do go into Utah momentarily before turning and reentering Arizona to get into the park itself.
Early morning is not the best time for photos of the mittens.
So we drove out the dirt road a ways.
This may look like a good sized dune, but it isn't very big.
These aren't too far down the road.
Here's the SOCAL cruiser again
not too much worse for wear. The road was pretty bad (and about 15 miles long) so we turned around here.
Two VERY nice views!
One last shot before heading to the Grand Canyon.
We woke to find it snowing, but warm enough that nothing stayed on the ground. Scott says its the first (and last) time the SOCAL cruiser has seen snow.
Some snow stuck around on higher elevations
Not long into the morning we find 4 Corners closed
and that saved a few minutes. I hear the actual 4 corners isn't where the monument says, but I don't think that matters a whole lot to most people going there.
Visibility is the best we've seen.
The dust storm followed by a nice wet snow really cleared the air.
And note how little traffic there is!
I started to see little, mini sand dunes all over and figured we must be getting close.
Seems like there is nothing but sandstone in southern Utah and northern Arizona!
Now we must be getting closer.
I mean, these are pretty impressive.
And finally we arrive at Kayenta just south of Monument Valley.
Caught these horses running free on the way back from MV