Sunday, April 21, 2013

Night Bloomer


Friday when I was leaving The Hermosa Inn after lunch, my cell phone rang and not wanting to drive while talking, I pulled on to a side residential street and stopped the car to answer the phone.  The area is  full of large homes on very large lots mostly with desert landscape.  While I was sitting there, I noticed this night bloomer cactus in one of the yards with all those buds just ready to burst open.

Friday evening was our first 2013 meeting of the "Art Challenge" club at Julie (Scottsdale Daily Photo) and Dave's (Tamarindo Costa Rica Daily Photo) house in Scottsdale so I thought on my way home, I'll drive by here again and see how many of those buds have opened.


It was a tricky shot to get because it was very dark on this street and aiming the camera was.....well....tricky.  On the third shot, I finally got the whole cactus.   All the while I was hoping the owners of the home wouldn't get frightened by the camera flashes in their front yard and call the police.  (The house was completely dark so they were either in bed or not home.)

Wasn't it well worth the risk?  What a beautiful sight this is and virtually no one would have seen it if I hadn't snuck back there to get the shot!

18 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

Spectacular, especially the night shot. Very daring!

Andy said...

The photo was worth but it was still risk business.

Thérèse said...

What a show! It was worth the adventure of course.

brattcat said...

well done, sharon!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

wow, very cool. so many beautiful cactus buds

JM said...

WOW! I absolutely love it!

Judy said...

I'm glad to have been of help!
It's a good thing that you thought to go back at dark.

Jack said...

Fantastic! I learn so much about desert life by visiting you on this blog. Two fine photos.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I am so grateful to you dear friend. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Karl Demetz said...

Two beautiful photos, I like especially the night shot.

Lowell said...

I'll give you credit! That had to be a little nerve-wracking but yes, it was definitely worth the effort. The first picture is very nice and gives a good sense of how the desert can bloom gloriously...but the second shot is very, very good...the exposure is right on perfect colors and the whites are detailed. I'm impressed. Did you use the on-camera flash?

glenda said...

Glad you went back. These are lovely!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This is a great pair of photos. Well worth the effort.

Good to see you this morning for a walk at the DBG and breakfast.

RedPat said...

Fabulous, Sharon! The night shot turned out really well.

shooting star said...

beautiful...yes, its worth the risk....in my opinion..

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PerthDailyPhoto said...

Thank you so much Sharon, what a wonderful sight, so happy you went back..it looked pretty amazing in the first shot too, full of promise.

Susie of Arabia said...

Love seeing the daytime and nighttime shots of this beautiful cactus. It was definitely worth going back!

Warren said...

Beautiful shots! I really like these cacti.