It's the dog days of summer here in the Sonoran Desert and that means that the heat can be brutally stifling. Like -- you just don't want to go outside unless it's really absolutely necessary. Or something compels you.
And in the last few weeks we have been taking moments here and there to slow down and look just a little bit closer at the beauty around us here. I wanted to share a couple of images that have just stuck in my mind. Nature inspires while it tests you.
I try to remember: don't forget to keep your eyes, and ears, and nose open for the little gems all around you each day. Try to capture them in your mind, or a photograph, or your heart.
The prickley pear pad with fresh bright green nibs.
And then the buds start to develop - always reminds me of tiny artichokes.
How dainty and ethereal - the downy white feather perched on the very edge of the prickly pear pad. This one was taken by my daughter, Sonja, at just the right moment in the late afternoon.