Nature has ways of showing you it's beauty in many ways, but sometimes if you blink an eye you'll miss the best nature has to offer.
This ball cactus is an example.
This is how it looked on 8th May.
This is how it looked on the 9th May.
By 10th May the flower had wilted and died.
When I saw it on 9th May it was top heavy and leaned over. One of these cactii had flowered last year and the same thing happened then, the flower died overnight. So this year I thought I'd cheat nature by plucking the flower off and putting it in a glass, but that didn't work, the flower still died the following day.
However, as opposed to last year, this year these cactii have lots of buds on them, so I'm looking forward to a display that is likely to be astonishing. The only problem is that I have to monitor them on a daily basis. Miss a day and I'm likely to miss the show!!!