Night Blooms

We recently experienced a “Blue Moon” that focused our attention on night time activities.

Cereus peruvianus 'Monstrosus'

Cereus peruvianus ‘Monstrosus’ illuminated by a Blue Moon

We are fortunate to have a Cereus peruvianus ‘Monstrosus’ that was a gift from Dave and Heidi when they moved from the neighborhood to the Denver area.  They bloom at night, often fading by the time the sun rises.  After missing at least two earlier night time blooms, we were watching more carefully this time.

Here is the blossom illuminated by a camera flash.

The blossom illuminated by a camera flash

A quick snapshot with a flash, captures more of the detail of the large, but not fragrant blossom.

At sunrise

At sunrise

By early the next morning, the blossom was closing.

Fully closed in the mid-day sunshine

Fully closed in the mid-day sunshine

As the run rose, the blossom closed completely, never to reopen.

Not yet closed

Not yet closed

A few days later, we noticed this blossom before setting out on an early morning bicycle ride.

Late at night

Late at night

A few nights later, we observed another night blooming.

Night time flash

Night time flash

Here is a wider view that reveals the cactus itself.

A visiting polinator

A visiting pollinator

The blossoms do set fruit eventually developing fleshy fruits with seeds.

A final, colorful close

A final, colorful close

One last look as the blossom closes.

They’re Back!

Male Lazuli Bunting

Male Lazuli Bunting

Lady facing the camera

Lady facing the camera

This post marks the start of this year’s visit by the Lazuli Buntings, which began about a week ago.

These are not new pictures.  Hopefully, we will get more soon of these gorgeous birds that seem to enjoy the Palo Verde blossoms even more than we do.

In the meantime, Sheryl captured pictures of a few of the other visitors and one new Lazuli Bunting picture.

An Abert's Towhee

An Abert’s Towhee

Side View

Side View

From the back

From the back

A Bunting up in the tree

A Bunting up in the tree

One of many Goldfinches

One of many Goldfinches

A Spiny Lizard

A Spiny Lizard

A busy Hummingbird

A busy Hummingbird

A Yellow-rumped Warbler

A Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

Spring Has Sprung – 2015

As usual, Sheryl’s wild flowers are the stars of the show.

Ordinarily, we try to post some kind of a description of each image, but this time we will just say, “Here is a small group of snapshots of the front yard.”

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