The flower of the champas de cardon cactus, which I found to be exquisite. I hope the image does justice to it.
Thanks for the nice comments on the flying egret. Buckwheat is, indeed, home safe and drugged, but it was a pretty hairy day. When we took him in this morning, we had about six inches of new snow with the snow still falling heavily. It turned out that they lost the power at the vets during his surgery and they had to complete it using a flashlight for illumination. We had a tough time getting back to the vets to pick him up, as, by then, we had about twelve inches of snow. We couldn't get up our own driveway so had to carry him up, which wasn't a big deal. Anyway, he seems to have come through the operation fine. His incision is quite a bit bigger than I expected and he is on antibiotics and pain meds. I have a wedding to shoot today, so my daughter and her family are going to take care of Buckwheat and Willoughby. We are expected to get another six inches during the night, but, hopefully, some of it will melt starting around nine o'clock this morning. This kind of late April snow is typical here in Colorado and it usually does not hang around very long. Before the snow started, there were tornado warnings all around and lots of hail fell. Wild weather!
Hope you guys enjoy your weekend!
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