Divine magic on this special morning

It was an extraordinary sight. It stopped me dead in my tracks as I walked out of the house on my way to the pool to do my morning laps. Outside my office window, I saw this wide open cactus flower happily gazing into the soon-to-be eclipsed sun.


Cactus blooming in August?

Never heard of it before. In fact, after a long and hot summer, NOTHING is blooming anymore in the Arizona desert around our Scottsdale home. Not even the smaller bushes that did perk up a little in early August after a couple of monsoons. The exhausted plants are hunkering down hoping to survive till cooler days and some rain in the fall.

Suffice it to say, therefore, that I was stunned when I saw this gorgeous cactus flower. I have had this particular “Pitaya” cactus in front my office for over 12 years now. It has never bloomed. And yet today, if you look carefully at the pictures, you will see that there are four more buds getting ready to bloom besides the flower that has already opened.

Magic, pure magic, for something like that to happen the morning of the Solar Eclipse.


This reminded me of another Pitaya cactus that actually gave us a single fruit four years ago. It was also on the front lawn. And like this one, it also gave us the first ever fruit on a celestially auspicious date – the Autumnal Equinox 2013.


Alas, a 2014 summer monsoon storm had taken down our Ironwood tree and this cactus which grew right through it (see EQUINOX CACTUS FRUIT GIFT FROM PERU – PITAYA –

PS: By the way, the Solar Eclipse has already technically started here in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is now 9:25 AM. The eclipse began at 9:13 AM and will peak at 10:33 AM. So we still have over an hour to go.


August 21, 2017 10:33 AM (in Arizona)

If you live anywhere in North America, don’t you dare schedule anything else for this day (excepting weddings, reunions, and vacations.)


THIS IS IT. A total eclipse of the sun that runs smack through the middle of the USA. Plan a car trip, bus ride, or plane trip to the narrow strip of Earth stretching from Salem, OR through to Nashville, TN in which the sun will *completely disappear* for two minutes. (Not many large cities are in the path of the totality, so make your reservations early if you want to observe it from the comfort of civilization.),_2017


Here’s a priceless shot of the eclipse taken by my friend in Oregon. My message to her:

Absolutely beautiful! You are now engaged to the Sun courtesy of the Moon. 🙂



UPDATE AUG 22, 2017


And then there were two…

When I walked out of the house this morning on my way to the pool, another sunny surprise awaited me. This time, it was a double. TWO cactus flowers had opened up outside my office and were happily gazing at the morning sun.

Yesterday morning, at about the same time, I discovered the first ever bloom on this 13-year old cactus, and the first ever cactus flower this late in the summer anywhere in the Arizona desert around my Scottsdale home (see THE SOLAR ECLIPSE CACTUS FLOWE, Aug 21, 2017 –

What’s the meaning of this? You tell me.



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