Wednesday, June 6, 2012

YOU CAN'T BEAT A TEXAS MORNING FOR SURPRISES

This is a typical Texas spring morning. It is 7am and this coolness on the air will last approximately 2 hours if we are lucky. I walk outside with my camera to capture the early morning light on the patio, put my camera down, then shout out in delight.


I can see this mass of white where no white was last night. The Echinopsis has flowered again, this time with all the flowers opening in unison.


What could me more beautiful. A closer encounter brings a faint waft of perfume. It will be but a brief flowering. By tonight the blooms will have faded and will hang down from their wilted stalks.


Not so pretty a sight came when I walked to the potting shed. I caught another sight of something that wasn't there last night. A dead baby opossum on the top of one of the beds.


I don't think that he was casually walking through the garden and upped and died. I think he fell from the sky, dropped by an owl during the night. This is the second time I have found a dead animal in the veg. garden. The last time it was a rat. He has a wound on his side which reinforces my belief.
Just another hum-drum day in a Texas garden!

12 comments:

  1. What beauty, I mean your garden and blooms, not the possum:). Some fowl needs to work on their grip...huh?

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  2. Oh Jenny that Echinopsis is gorgeous!!!

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  3. Blooms on your E. are gorgeous! Thanks for the lovely photos. Is this cactus frost hardy?

    So sorry about the poor baby 'possum. Bad way to die, even if it is the way predators get their dinner.

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  4. Except a NM desert morning (or evening)...just returned from a business trip to see infestation of stink bugs now flying, in the fountain, crawling on the wall. I guess ti beats coming home to find dismembered rabbits, rotting rats, etc. But you have to love that cactus bloom!

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  5. Beautiful cactus bloom! That light on your garden is awesome too.

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  6. That Echinopsis is spectacular! Cacti have some of the most beautiful flowers. I love to catch my Night Blooming Cereus in the early morning light.

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  7. That morning shot is gorgeous. And the blooms are so bright it's hard to keep them from getting over exposed. Stunning.

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  8. We have had some cool mornings as well, and I am always so happy. I know the heat is coming, so as many of these days that we can have the better. The Echinopsis is beautiful, and I did not know they had a fragrance...sounds wonderful.

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  9. I love the morning photo. I'm envious - I'm usually stuck in traffic at that time :-(

    The Echinopsis is stunning.

    Poor baby possum :-(

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  10. The flowers were a wonderful sight, not so much the possum. The poor baby. gail PS I found and planted a spineless prickly pear, makes me feel all Austin like.

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  11. Beautiful E. flower! There's no way to make them last longer in the refrigerator? I guess that's why the camera was invented and I'm so glad you spotted the blooms on the right day. Imagine one day too late. Ugh!
    I've found a bunch of feathers in my yard from a hawk after it had its dove dinner, but never a opposum falling from the sky. I'm glad you weren't strolling through the garden at that moment. unLOL! Yipes!
    David/ :-)

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  12. You're garden is so beautiful! Those blooms are gorgeous too! We understand the early mornings in the garden especially with the Austin heat coming fast! You should look at our 7 other tips for keeping the Austin heat from keeping your from your garden: http://www.sunfieldtx.com/blog.html

    Maybe they will help!

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