One of my favorite people of all time is in town, and he and I are headed to the Santa Fe Opera tonight. I do love "the extravagant art," as it's called: the hoopla and fanfare
|'Major Wheeler' Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), May 2012|
and sumptuous costuming;
|Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)|
the villain plotting from the shadows;
|He Who Must Not Be Named (baritone)|
the virtuosic solos
|Lace cactus (Echinocerereus reichenbachia), May 2012|
and intricate ensemble work;
|'Fino verde' basil, 'Flamingo' chard, and 'He-Shi-Ko' bunching onions|
the chorus members in the wings, waiting for their time in the spotlight;
|'Kerala red' amaranth|
the over-the-top emotions
and the gracious false modesty when the lead singers take their bows.
|California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)|
It's almost as exciting as a garden.