Cactus blossoms photo AnzaBoMar2013329a_zps203ac930.jpg
Hedgehog Cactus, Echinocereus engelmannii, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California

cactus blossom twins
waiting for the welcome drone
of pollinators

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on April 3, 2013, in Anza-Borrego Desert, blossom, California, Carpe Diem, desert, Ein Stück Himmel, haiku, Ruby Tuesday 2, Sky Watch Friday, Southern California, The April Heights 2013 and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. You lure me with your amazing photos and perfect words.

  2. and the waiting would be rewarded, duly. wonderful haiku. even I agree with Maggie, your amazing photos lure us and the words make us stay. 🙂
    My Haiku

  3. In a desert outside of Las Vegas, I glanced about and thought “how barren and desolate”….As I wandered I began to see vast varieties of desert blooms and cacti of all kinds…I ended up taking 35 pictures….Just thot I’d share that….

  4. The pollinating drones are not deterred by barren landscapes! Any flower anywhere is the right flower for a taste or two! Beautiful photo and haiku!

  5. Awesome photo mmt, and that haiku … a gem.

  6. wonderful
    but with hive collapse
    their wait is uncertain


  7. nice double meaning for drone!

  8. Excellent. I love the idea of just using the word “twins”–should have tried that but I don’t read anyone’s haiku first (except sometimes Kristjaan’s) before doing my own. I found this one tricky.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I think ALL the Zodiac prompts are tricky, which is why I decided to go for “twins,” and ignore any zodiacal connection.

      • Good idea. I’ve been using tricks here and there, too. I also am finding the Zodiac really difficult. On the other hand, I think it’s good to make a commitment to the prompts, because when we meet the challenge, we prove to ourselves that we can do it

        • magicalmysticalteacher

          My problem is that I think the Zodiac is a bunch of hooey, so it’s hard/impossible to write about something I don’t believe in.

          • I think a lot of us are having the same issue. I respect people’s right to believe as I respect any beliefs but I think of it in the same category of fun as fortune cookies. And a lot of the historical stuff, just too dense to haiku. I know, because I spent a long time earlier trying to work Castor and Pollux in (just because I love the sounds of their names…..)

          • magicalmysticalteacher

            Castor and Pollux could be woven into haiku rather nicely, I think. They tingle on the tongue!

          • Indeed, but they wouldn’t dance for me today!

  9. Stunning words to compliment the photo.

  10. Very beautiful…haiku blossoms here….


  11. Beautiful photography as always accompanying your perfectly worded Haiku!! There is a sense of stillness where your words speak louder!!

  12. I smiled after reading it…
    That beautiful it is!

  13. I hope the anticipation doesn’t kill them… Love your haiku. 😉

  14. I like the dual meaning of “welcome drone”. Nicely done!

  15. Wonderful combination of image and words once again. Love your work!

  16. lovely pic – I most enjoyed the mid-line alliteration of “waiting for the welcome drone”

  17. Beautiful / they really are twin blossoms

  18. Lovely imagery…Love that twin blossom:)

  19. Drone+ Gemini (without the zodiac reference) + staying in your own desert moment +conveying a peaceful contemplative bit of food for thought + a lovely photo = a virtuoso performance, Teacher. Bravo!

  20. Haiku poets have this uncanny ability to grab something big in just three lines yet they deliver it with perfection. You, teacher, are one of them. This is superb man!

  21. Dearest MMT,
    I am on a break from blogging – and boy, am I glad I dropped by to check out your haiku. This is stunning.

  22. oh yes I am so happy you always have the desert perfection… the drones get mighty fine food, and I assume cactus honey is yummy

  23. I love these photo, as we don’t normally see cactus to flower here. So do they get pollinated too, haven’t seen a cactus pod, exciting! Maybe you should post them in the future. thanks.

  24. Words and image wondrous to me. Bravo.

  25. ooh! love their color

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