No Guru, No Method, No Teacher

‘ I turned to You and I said
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
Just You and I and Nature
In the Garden.’
Van Morrison

 

The Verde Valley is considered high desert with an annual rainfall that normally averages eighteen inches annually. However we remain, along with  most of the state in  Drought. Some say seventeen years, long time residents say more.

What happens next  is all about the water in this high desert. I woke this morning to the sound of rain on the roof, the first since January. A peaceful weekend to one and all.

Today’s Music: Van Morrison “In The Garden”

65 thoughts on “No Guru, No Method, No Teacher

  1. Such lovely flowers and Van Morrison’s quote so meaningful. It’s only when we lose our self in the beauty and silence of nature that we can “hear the unheard”!

    Thank you and kind regards.

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    1. The cactus are real teasers, show offs,and seductively gorgeous in bloom, for a brief few days a year, and simply invite people to get close and touch. Seems everyone who spends any amount of time in the desert has their story about the time they touched a cacti, never with good results.

      Thank you for stopping by Cathy with your kind comments.

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    1. Oh I am sure your wife and dog will allow for a few showy off cactus to call your own.
      Satchel The Wonder Dog learned fairly quickly the perils of cactus prickles and will avoid them…right up until the moment he kicks up a jack rabbit who leads him on a merry chase and then dives into a small entrance to a burrow beneath an ancient paddle cactus. Satchel hurls himself into the cactus, howling with surprise.

      Thank you for visiting, and may you have an excellent week. 🌍

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    1. Hello Donna George. Thank you for stopping by. Happy to see you. Thank you for stopping by. I imagine the coast is gorgeous right now with it’s own magic blooms.
      All my best to you. 🌍

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  2. *dancing* as I listen to Van, in the Garden! What a joyful post, JoHanna, the photos are beautiful! Yours is always such lovely place to visit! There’s a sense of great freedom. I especially loved the picture of the two ducks!

    Many Blessings and Love,

    Fim

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    1. Thank you dear Fim, your words make my heart soar. I am indeed blessed with a tremendous amount of freedom, and the good news is I grasp that and appreciate it so much.

      Oh I do love Van Morrison. Let’s dance on! 🌵

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  3. There didn’t seem to be much in bloom when we went though Arizona this time, Johanna, so I really enjoyed your photos. The desert is always gorgeous, from my perspective, but particularly so when in bloom— if you can catch that day. 🙂 –Curt

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    1. It is all about the timing when it comes to seeing the cacti bloom. This was quite the boon of a morning walk around the neighborhood for me. I am just delighted with these photos.

      We are having some very much needed rain this weekend and I am interested in seeing what this week will bring bloom wise for the spring flowers and cacti that have not bloomed yet. All my best to you Curt.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Indeed I have walked past these cacti for most of a year and it was just such a sense of wonderment when they did not just bloom, but did so with such brilliant color and unity.

      “Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder.”
      ― Tierney Gearon

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    1. Yes indeed Jackie, and the last few days in my neighborhood have been just stellar with gorgeousness as the cacti bloom. Thank you for your always supportive and kind comments. I was just thrilled with these photos when I got them home. Really inspired me to take the camera everywhere!

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    1. Oh, that says it so well.
      I actually realized that I had walked by several of them many times during my morning walk and not even noticed them until they bloomed.
      Which is possibly a deep and mysterious metaphor for any number of big philosophical insights I could not even begin to explain.
      Thank you for stopping by. Always enjoy your visits.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, I am familiar with Verde Valley School. I hope it was a positive teaching experience for you. All my best to you and thank you for your visit. 🌵

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  4. Oh YES the rain was delightful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And I do believe, my friend we are about to get some more. The desert soaks it up like a sponge and waves it colors high when it’s thirst is quenched.
    Your photos are amazing. The colors are quite vibrant.
    The high desert and the Valley love their Spring Season!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Beautiful blaze of color. Your pictures are stunning. I enjoyed reading in the comments about your artistry at catching the cactus flowers in their brief blooming period. When I was nine years old we lived in Kerrville TX for a winter. I remember the Yucca plants growing all over our property.

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    1. No artistry involved. Right place, right time, and a determination to create a new habit of toting the camera along. I think what makes them so spectacular to me is the brief time of their bloom, and that I was there. My timing is usually not the best. 🌵

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  6. A landscaper planted two Argentine Giant cacti in my yard last year. They recently bloomed, and neither one of them were Argentine Giants. Mind you, one of them has very large blooms, but they are bright pink-red. This was actually a big disappointment because I have so patiently waited for white ones!

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    1. The ones I photographed are just a few of perhaps a dozen more plants. The owner is rightfully very happy with them, and explained that all of the Argentine Giants on the property were started from pieces of one I was photographing. Thank you for stopping by and contributing to the conversation. 🌵

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  7. The Argentine cactus flowers are my favorite! I saw one that almost got me in a car accident the other day. There were over 20 blooms on it and it filled the homeowner’s yard with a powerful punch. But they only last a day. Great photos!

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    1. Oh it was quite exciting for me to have the time and opportunity to play ‘catch’ with this this beauty in bloom. I had been watching it for some days hoping to capture just these kinds of photos. Thank you for stopping by. 🌵

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    1. I was able to take all of these photos on one morning walk about of my neighborhood. It is just such a gift to see all of these beautiful colorful blooms. Thank you for your kind words.🌵

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    1. Thank you. I recently read this and it sums up my love of the desert, though the Saguaro are in the lower elevations of desert from here. Hoping to get down to photograph before their blooms are gone.

      “He’d always had a quickening of the heart when he crossed into Arizona and beheld the cactus country. This was as the desert should be, this was the desert of the picture books, with the land unrolled to the farthest distant horizon hills, with saguaro standing sentinel in their strange chessboard pattern, towering supinely above the fans of ocotillo and brushy mesquite.”

      ― Dorothy B. Hughes, The Expendable Man

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind words. I so enjoyed taking them.

      Love this quote about my prickly friends:

      “Who wants to become a writer? And why? … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
      Author: Enid Bagnold

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    1. Oh thank you so much. Photographing the cacti is a dance, as some of them only bloom for very short periods of time.

      You are most welcome to invite your readers to enjoy the flowering cactus by creating a link to this post on your website.

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