Here's a fly-by before I flit to my next task...
Back in a December round-up, I showed you a photo of our big senita cactus adorned with Santa hats. We've had this cactus for more than twelve years, and it's been a learning experience. One year, it got so big that it started to lean, and we called someone to straighten it out. Since we called one of the companies that does work for the Desert Botanical Garden, we figured our cactus was in good hands. It was fascinating watching the men dig, move that huge thing into position, then tamp the soil down. Come to find out, most landscapers don't plant these cacti correctly, and sooner or later many of them begin to lean (if not fall over entirely).
|Night-blooming Senita cactus|
What he saw made me turn to Google for more information. Senita cacti are night-blooming cacti, so no wonder we never saw the blooms that first year. Our senita is blooming again, and one night Denis made so many trips outside to take photos that he wound up with his own version of time-lapse. The photo above shows the flower fully open at 11 PM. From certain angles, the petals have a soft, gold, metallic gleam.
And if you ever want to amuse your neighbors, just keep running out in the dead of night taking flash photography of your cactus. You will get some strange looks!
On that note, it's off to the corral I go. Head 'em up! Moooooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Cooking with Alexandre Dumas.
- How the Smithsonian helped solve the Twitter mystery of the unknown woman scientist.
- How this made me laugh: The NYPD shutters the homicide division after realizing nosy old ladies have better clearance rates. What would Miss Marple say?
- The disappearance of books threatens to erode fine arts libraries.
- Retro cookbooks are on the rise in the publishing world.
- A Beijing bookstore where George Washington is on the shelves.
- The art of the expat Italian mystery.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Found: An ancient depiction of Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut.
- Stunning photos capture Egypt's ancient underworld.
- Archaeologists found an astonishing site in the Brazilian jungle that may have housed over a million people, and it could change everything we know about the mysteries of the Amazon.
- 13,000-year-old footprints have been found off the Canadian coast.
- Florida beachgoers discover the "holy grail of shipwrecks" after the remains of an eighteenth-century ship wash ashore.
- An ancient book blasted with high-powered X-Rays reveals text that was erased centuries ago.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Dogs may soon be on the front lines in the fight against artifact smuggling.
- What aardvark milk reveals about the evolution of lactation.
- Dinosaur horns were for making love, not war.
- Baby sea turtles were spotted on a beach in Mumbai for the first time in twenty years.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- A nearly nine-hour rainbow in Taiwan sets a new Guinness record.
- How California's giant Sequoias tell the story of Americans' conflicted relationship with nature.
- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now twice the size of Texas. How'd you like to have that in your backyard?
- The plight of Phoenix: how long can the world's "least sustainable" city survive?
- Fifteen of the best views in Scotland.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- The top ten books about Kenya.
- Eighteen books for Stephen King fans coming in 2018.
- Eight literary perfumes for book lovers who want to smell good.
- Twenty-one phrases you use without realizing you're quoting Shakespeare.
- The top ten runaway mothers in fiction.
- Nine works of contemporary post-Soviet fiction and non-fiction.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!