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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
Photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Blue Monday: Cactus Woman

Detail from a wall of mosaics, Ajo, Arizona

Cactus Woman has nothing to lose
By walking for weeks without wearing shoes.
She’s toughened her feet on thorns and stones,
And carries the wilderness in her bones.
Her eyes are afire, her heart’s ablaze;
She loves the desert’s unsociable ways.
Cactus Woman is someone, they say,
Who’ll live in the wilderness, come what may.

Poem © 2018 and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher


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Barrel cactus blossoms, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Southern Arizona

As December ends,
even the cactus blossoms
lament its passing.

Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher


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Saguaro cactus at dawn, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

sniffing the silence
around an old saguaro
searching for a song

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Carpe Diem: “Silence”


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Discarded domestic cactus, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

From Machu Picchu
to the Sonoran Desert—
cactus knows the way.

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Macro Monday 2
More Ruby Tuesday Too
More Carpe Diem: “Machu Picchu”
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine


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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
More Ruby Tuesday 2
More SkyWatch Friday
More Ein Stück Himmel #66
More The April Heights 2013: “Drone”
More Carpe Diem: “Gemini: The Twins”