For those of you who know me, the location of my special place in the Big Horn mountains near Sheridan, Wyoming won’t come as a surprise to you. I’ve gone there for some amount of time every summer since I was in college with the exception of two years. I think you can see why from this first photo.

But Wyoming is a three-day drive from our part of Arizona, so I need special places a bit closer. In our backyard is a torch cactus that has the most gorgeous flowers…but for only one day each. They’re a special place close to home.

Macro photography takes me to special places.

I wasn’t the only one who found this datura special.

Thanks, Karina, for hostessing this special episode of the Lens-Artists challenge.

  1. So beautiful. The white petals are especially lovely.

  2. restlessjo says:

    Those cactus flowers are so beautiful, Janet! Hopefully you’ll make it back to Wyoming this year.

  3. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Yes I can certainly see why you choose Big Horn mountains as your special place. Looks like a wonderful place to explore. But I also love your macro’s. So delicate and intricate. Beautiful take on this week’s challenge

  4. Amy says:

    Wow, stunning macro shots, Janet!

  5. JohnRH says:

    Beautiful! As close as it is, I’d like to do more roaming in Wyoming. 😉

  6. peggy says:

    Love your pictures. Beautiful blooms and I like the macro shots. Wyoming is beautiful – Have been all around that statee and love it. My brother use to live there and I would go visit him.

  7. Gorgeous. You know a have a penchant for macro photography too. It really unlocks a whole new world inside these flowers.

    • I live macro photography and really need to learn to use my macro lens. I usually take macro photos with my phone or with my Nikon’s regular lens at a distance and then crop. 😁

  8. These are absolutely beautiful, Janet! I think it is important that we have more than one special place to go to rest our minds and restore our souls!!

    • I agree! There was the park in Illinois, the Preserve here (when I can get there these days), and even just walking along the canal and seeing the sunrise. Wyoming is too far and I can’t afford to only be restored once a year! 🙂

  9. Tina Schell says:

    Well, well, well Janet – fantastic! I loved your post and while I’m sure you miss Wyoming you’ve surely made the most of your Arizona home. Absolutely beautiful work this week – thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  10. de Wets Wild says:

    Beauty on a big and small scale!

  11. Sofia Alves says:

    Your macros do take me to a very special place, so inspiring. Thank you for sharing, Janet.

  12. love the second photo, gorgeous. views in the first one -bueno!

  13. I love those cactus flowers and your macro work!!

  14. SoyBend says:

    Beautiful close ups from a corner of the world we also love, Janet!

  15. Teresa says:

    You’re so good in taking macro shots…you make it seem very special.

  16. Macro – is among my fave!

  17. Resa says:

    It is a gorgeous place! Janet, your macro photography is fabulous! Thank you!

  18. Those are lovely flowers on the cactus. They have the nicest blooms.
    I’m sure you’ll be visiting your special place soon. Times are weird
    but they have to get better. Fantastic selections for the challenge.
    Nicely done … Isadora 😎

    • That cactus bloomed not long after we arrived, sort of a welcome, and then bloom a few more times before going into resting mode. The flowers are spectacular.

      We’ll be visiting Wyoming this summer if all goes as planned and when my husband retires, we’ll spend half the summer there, as we share with my brother and his family. That will be wonderful!

      • I’m very happy for you, Janet. It’s always a blessing to enjoy a place we love. My hubby was supposed to retire at least 3 years ago but just couldn’t bring himself to accept the thought of it. Now, the end of march will be his last art show. YAY 😀 and with Covid getting under control, perhaps we can start to travel again. Happy Retirement to your hubby 😀🙏

      • I’m looking forward to traveling again by plane. I’ve been traveling by car since we moved here at the beginning of 2020 and Covid. I’m glad to read your husband is finally retiring. I imagine he’ll keep doing art in some form anyway as do you.