Monday, April 19, 2010

"I Have Been Diagnosed..."

...with an acute case of
Echinocereus Triglochidiatus fever...
as they say in layman's terms:
an unbridled passion for claret cup cactus blooms!
These blooms are very potent...
vivid and alluring...tempting and seductive....
especially to the eyes and spirit
of the beholder.
It has been noted that
they actually force the uncontrollable breaking out
of cameras and sketchbooks.
Imagine that!
Often, vocal noises like
"Ooooh's " and "Aaaah's" and "Mmmm's"
have been recorded as symptomatic of this fever.
Once there has been exposure to this plant...
there is little, if no, hope for recovery.
Past medical cases indicate that
intense sensory stimulation caused by these blooms
may become embedded
in one's memory bank forever.
Even Sunset Jack has succumbed to their powers.
He refuses to come home until well
after nightfall...
would rather sit with his new lady friends...
bejeweled by their blossoms...
and bask in the heat of the desert sun
be indoors nestled within in the protective arms of my
Artist Trading Card binder.
Hmmm...I guess I really can't blame the guy..;)
and so...his story continues...:)

Happy Cactus Monday...from Sunset Jack,
his "ladies"...and me! :)
(Click on any image to enlarge...)


Serena said...

OH you sneaky thing! When I read your post title in my blog list, I rushed on over all worried for your well-being. LOL I was VERY happy to see your 'diagnosis' fact, it's splendid! :)

soulbrush said...

i agree with serena, you had me really worried there! what a beauty, wish i could catch this fever too. hcm fellow cactuteer.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

These blooms are thrilling. No wonder Jack doesn't want to leave them. I wouldn't either. HCM. I have the Spring Fever.

Janet Ghio said...

Gorgeous blossoms--no wonder you have trouble getting Cactus jack to come in!!!

Caroline said...

What fabulous blooms - that colour is stunning! Love this post!!

Julie said...

LOL! Glad you are REALLY OK...such a lovely diagnosis to have, Margaret! Beautiful blooms and Cactus Jack is having such a rollicking good time, eh??? Hee hee hee!

Marthann's Musings said...

Oh, how funny. What a clever and fabulous post. Your pictures are wonderful. Hope Cactus Jack doesn't get lost out there with his new friends. Great work Margaret

Teri C said...

Gee, that describes my symptoms as well. Don't you just love that happy orange?!

Oh the things Sunset Jack gets into!!


Dee said...

what a fun and beautiful post! Love those flowers and your little Jack is so cute!

studio lolo said...

I'm late to this gathering and I gasped when I saw the lead in..."I've been diagnosed.."

Thank goodness it was just blooming intoxication! And I laughed out loud when I saw jack!! What a sweet and fun surprise. he's a hoot, that one ;)

I think this is my favorite cactus bloom ever. Wow!!

Thanks for the smiles :) :) :) ♥

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Magical post - so beautifully written causing the 'ums', 'aaahs', wows all over again at the words as well as the sumptuous blooms.

marianne said...

Hoe nice Jacks pops up here again!!!!!
He blends so well with those orange flowers!