Lately, I have been much less resilient. Life is kicking my butt and the last four years of challenges, moves, unemployment and bad employment are taking their toll. Oh yea, and my Bernina stayed "fixed" after the trip to the dealer in Albuquerque for 2 whole weeks before it was dead in it's tracks again.
Here's the long view of this little cactus that could on the edge of a nearby arroyo.
Update: Ignorance may be bliss, but , as Hilda and Daryl have pointed out, those aren't flowers. Those optimistic, resilient yellow blooms that I noticed on the Cholla cactus are actually the fruit of the plant, which turns yellow in winter. From the DesertUSA.com web site:
Grows from desert floors to grasslands to lower mountain slopes, developing a thick trunk and with purple jointed joints.Desert: Chihuahuan Desert of southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico
Height: Up to 8 feet
Joints: Thick, tubercled, covered with gray spines
Flowers: From deep purple to yellow and white
Fruit: Flesh, spineless, yellow in winter
Elevation: 2,000-7,000 feet