A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
When I first started taking photos of flowers, I took mostly what I later learned were "mug shots"--photos taken looking down on the faces of flowers. I have since learned that flowers are a lot more complicated, that they have stems and side profiles and upside down profiles and any other angle you can think to shoot from. The red "cones" from which these white saguaros bloom become limp red dishrags a few hours later.
Since I have commented so often about the seeming tragedy and transience of stunningly beautiful flowers like the one posted here that last only a few hours, my son Jim and his family came upon the words of the hymn "In Hymns of Praise" at church Sunday and passed these words on to me: