Category Archives: cactus

Shadow Shot Sunday 2: New Growth

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Some tiny shadows are visible on a new cactus paddle in a Phoenix, Arizona backyard.
 
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Ruby Tuesday Too: Cactus Blossom

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Beavertail cactus blossom during the super bloom of 2017, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California. Another super bloom is expected this spring because of abundant winter rainfall.
 
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Ruby Tuesday Too: Nopales

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A vendor cuts up nopales (cactus paddles) for her customers in Zacatecas, Mexico.

 
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Haiku My Heart, Hosting for Rebecca: Healing

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A wounded cactus begins to heal in a Phoenix, Arizona backyard.
 


To all wounded things
blackbird sings a healing song—
new growth soon appears.

 
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Macro Monday 2: New Growth

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New growth on an old cactus in Phoenix, Arizona.
 



 
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Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Cow’s Tongue

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Lengua de Vaca (Cow’s Tongue) cactus, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 
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The cactuses will thank you

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona
 


The cactuses will thank you,
The sage will do the same,
If you promise not to smoke,
Or threaten them with flame.
 
For even though their needles
Could clearly run you through,
Cacti can’t survive a fire,
And neither, friend, can you!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Smoking Tobacco”

News in cactus land

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Saguaro cactus, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
 


What’s the news in cactus land?
What’s the TV say?
Is there any hope that rain
Will settle dust today?
 
Maybe someone has a tip
I can take to heart.
Wait! There’s always NPR—
I’ve heard folks there are smart!

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “News Media”

Take a word or two

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Beavertail cactus blossom, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
 
 

Take a word or two—
mingle, calendar, or burning will do.
Splash them on a page,
or hang them with rope
from a branch
like lumps of suet
to feed the hungry jays.
All words woven by your hands
become poems, my daughter,
and yours will be the first weaving
to awaken daffodils
from their winter sleep.
Even the jays
will be amazed.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Sunday’s Whirligig #109
   
More Poetry Pantry #351 at Poets United

Blooms

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Cholla cactus blossom, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona
    


Only in the desert sands
Do cacti thrive and bloom,
Not on crowded city streets
Where there’s no breathing room.
 
If you find a place of sand,
Where human prints are few,
There the lowly cactus waits
To show its blooms to you.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “A Grain of Sand”