Friday, September 18, 2015

The Gradual Cool Down


We had a big rain (and wind) storm last Monday evening and it seemed to tip the scale on our desert heat.  We haven't reached the 100F (38C) all week.  In fact it's been kind of pleasant.  Still too warm to be out in the direct sun mid-day but, the mornings and evenings are nice.  I decided to take an evening walk at the Desert Botanical Garden to get some exercise in.  The garden was very quiet with only few other people there.  I was pleased to see this fishhook barrel cactus in full bloom.


The early evening sun makes some great back lighting to light up all the thorns on a cholla cactus.  You don't want to trip a fall into this plant.  That would be quite painful.

13 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderful soft light, I imagine the cooler temperatures are a real relief!

Birdman said...

It always intrigues me to see the cactus in bloom. Such a prick. Such a beauty.

Steve Reed said...

You do get amazing light in Arizona.

Mersad said...

Really great backlight you have caught!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gorgeous captures Sharon. It's such a joy and the weather starts cooling down after a hot summer, I know exactly how you feel. We have all that to come :(

RedPat said...

That flower is gorgeous, Sharon!

Catalyst said...

Beautiful photography.

William Kendall said...

The cholla cactus is what really draws my eye, Sharon.

VP said...

Amazing plants, excellent images!

Randy said...

That first shot is lovely.

Kathy said...

Sure beats 110 and above, doesn't it! Gorgeous cactus photo. To add to your many!

Kathy said...

Should have said cactus FLOWER photo. The cactus is pretty too!

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful !