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Waterlily Waterlily
Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England, August 2009

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Night-blooming cactus Night-blooming cactus
Early morning on the UA campus, June 2009



I do love these fragile, flamboyant flowers, though I have to get up uncomfortably early to see them. Yesterday's expedition was a good one; six flowers on the big plant on the chaplaincy corner and a couple in the grove in the shade of Centennial Hall. It was cloudier than usual, which gave me softer light to work with but rather took away the point of being up that early in the summer -- it was no hotter at lunchtime than it was at 7am, really.
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Lily leaves Lily leaves
Apartment sign display, Tucson, June 2009

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Compass Barrel cactus, UA campus, June 2009
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Barrel Cactus flower Barrel Cactus flower
UA campus, May 2009 (!)



Around here, the barrel cactus flowers don't usually get started until July, so I was surprised to come across this one the other day.
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Prickly pear, at the far end of the flowering season. The campus is emptying out, and there won't be much flowering for a while; the saguaros don't seem very enthusiastic about it this year.

(Oh, and it turns out last week's flower was desert willow after all; it comes in both light and dark purple colorways, while ironwood is a different tree with light purple flowers.)
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Ironwood, or is it desert willow? Very similar trees, very similar flowers. I think the dark purple one is ironwood.
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The claret cup cactus is blooming!

Also: note on putting a header image in Transmogrified, here.
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The claret cup cactus is blooming!
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The flowers that bloom in the Spring ...




Hedgehog cactus.
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That shocking-pink beavertail on the corner.

(My other beavertail, the one near the grocery store, seems to have disappeared sometime during the year. Also, I should have taken my camera when I went out to buy a lamp today; there was a magnificent yellow-and-red prickly pear in the parking lot there.)
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It's been a great week for flowers on campus. The orchid trees are getting into the swing of things, and there are cascades of scarlet tassels on the bottle-brush trees and lots of sweet shy blossom lurking among the orange-tree leaves, aloes and mexican sunflowers and creamy towers of yucca blossom and the first hot-pink flowers opening on the beavertail cactus.


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Camera-shy things, these little mallows, pink and orange and red. They sway around, and the autofocus misses them most of the time, so I'm modestly happy with this one.



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Not the freshest hibiscus flower ever, but I wanted to show off that red.
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Bee on flower Bee on flower
UA campus, February 2009

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Evergreen Pear Blossom Evergreen Pear Blossom
UA campus, February 2009



Spring is coming, and we're having unseasonably mild weather; it's blossom time on campus.
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We've been having a little warm, welcome rain here lately ...