File this under Never Ceast To Amaze. Last year it was morel mushrooms that sprang up outta nowhere in the backyard. This year in a decidedly barren patch along the northside of the house this pair of two-foot-tall bulb-tipped stalks climb vertical out of the dirt with no complementary greenery and proceed to go off like big pink fireworks.

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And speaking of quadruplification, in other flower power news the neighboring San Pedro cactus up against the fence, whose night-bloomer I attempted to timelapse capture at dusk (but unfortunately ran out of daylight) August 5, has been working overtime putting new blossoms out the top of a previously dormant branch. A week ago these things were the size of buttons and now the quintet is four times that size and growing:

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Shouldn’t be too many more days now before I can put my mad engineer hat back on and give the timelapsing another try — only this time with some secondary illumination to pick up where the setting sun drops off.