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Across the street from my apartment building is a small cactus garden, set at the triangular intersection of two non-perpendicular streets. On a recent walk across the street, I noticed that many of the poky little plants were blooming, responding to spring that has arrived in the city. The most spectacular flower had already disappeared by the time that I walked by with my camera, but the other flowers were stunning and a quiet joyful springtime celebration between the busy streets framing this small garden. Some of the yellow flowers were almost translucent in their delicate appearance, giving them a color that was both surprising and inviting in the strong afternoon sun.

I don’t really consider the cactus as a springtime flower, but these plants from deserts around the world proved me wrong. In fact, I have always admired my friend Deb’s persistent nurturing of cacti as a gift, a sense of patience with sometimes finicky plants, that totally eludes me. Since much of Spain is desert-dry, a cactus garden makes perfect sense, even as close to the ocean as my new home here.

Gentle reader, one other thing. As I use my camera more, I am constantly adjusting settings to get a picture that more effectively emphasizes the subject and the ambient lighting. While these pictures were taken on an overcast afternoon, I worked to make the natural colors stand out. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

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To give you a sense of proximity, my building is the one behind the three-windowed white car on the far left.DSCN4395 copy