Flagstaff Part One
This year, I delayed my trip because of my Echinopsis. One of them had over 40 flower buds and seemed ready to bloom any day! How could I leave during what might be the biggest show I’ve had since planting them!
However, the buds held tight and I finally had to leave. As it turned out, the 40 buds opened in two sessions. How do I know? My trusty new field camera caught it. I had just purchased the camera to see what goes on in my garden at night but besides a motion detector, I can also manually set the time to come on so it worked well for this purpose too. Here is the first of the bloom displays it captured. I was eager for Chris to bring the camera to me so I didn’t get to see the second wave.
WEATHER – The summer months bring our Monsoon which most people equate with rain. However, the literal translation just refers to a wind from the Southwest and, in fact, some summers we get very little rain or none at all. Side note: You might be interested to know that even when we don’t get rain, the flora still is able to get moisture from the humid air during our summer. Cool, huh? Happily, our area did get and still will receive some decent rains this summer. Our desert is very green at the moment! Flagstaff, on the other hand, has and still is receiving more than their fair share of rain this summer. During my time there, only the first night was clear which was serendipitous because it also happened to be full moon!
After that? Rain, rain, rain! Because of the rain, I opted to keep things simple by only using my Galaxy smartphone, Canon Powershot N or my Canon Powershot SX50. The images aren’t as crisp as I would have liked but dodging the rain was frustrating enough without worrying about an expensive camera. Here are a few Weather photos:
Stay tuned for part 2 – Fungi
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Love your aspen person! Great arms…
Thanks, Carol! Dead trees are excellent fodder 🙂
I love the aspen too! So pleased you had that camera to get pictures of your cactus blooms – you think of everything! Was it still flowering when you came home? Also interesting to hear that your plants get moisture from the humidity in the air – guess they have to be very adaptable in your climate.
I’m also happy for you that you were not camping in a tent 😉
Oh – just checked back your previous post of sunrises as I never got a reply but you had replied. That’s odd because WordPress sends me a confirmation email which I ckick on to confirm that I want to receive emails of further comments/replies. Anyhow…. yes I had discovered your SO on Instagram, only because when I’d looked at some of your shots I thought I ‘ll see what other people post there, so randomly clicked on someone who had commented on your photos there…. only to realise who it was after several muscular shots and mentions of the paleo diet….. lol!!