Unfortunately, the harsh winter a year ago killed off a big part of my neighbor's Saguaro cactus plant. These photos are from the 2013 archives. A few buds are showing, though, on the plant that is left and I am anxiously waiting the blossoms. The blossoms last only a few hours and then die and turn into limp, red dishrags. Every year my time spent with this cactus leads me to wonder "Why are so many beautiful things so fragile and so transient?" At least we can treasure and remember their beauty with photography. I have probably over 2,000 pictures of various cactus blossoms.