Music Break: Cowboy Junkies

Miles From Our Home...

Quote of the Day: Bat Masterson

You knew if you were OK in the corral...

"No man can have a more loyal friend than Wyatt Earp, nor a more dangerous enemy."

Bat Masterson
(variation) of line used by Masterson regarding Earp

In The Heat of Dead Summer

The diurnal Bishop's Cap cactus flowers...

Bishop's Cap (Astrophytum myriostigma) are often overlooked cactus in the natural landscape since they have a unique color and texture quality because part of their survival disguise is as a rock. They're small and usually potted and mine flowers in winter and summer. Like most cacti, there slow going in development, it can take weeks for buds to bloom. The flowers are diurnal, opening at the peak of sunlight and heat during the day, then closing in late afternoon and reopening when the sun is full in the morning.

Flower in mid-August at 15:00 (03:00 PM) in peak afternoon sun and heat

Early evening bud closed before sunset