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Gallery 4-1 - Cactus, Flowers and Prickly Things

    Can you hug a cactus?  Many of them seem cute, almost huggable.   And some even have cute names, like "teddy bear cholla", or "queen of the night".   Their blossoms are often magnificent, with a riot of colors and shapes varying from the incredibly ornate to the simply improbable.  We  feature some of them here, together with agaves, aloes, yuccas and other pointed plants.  We recommend that you hug just the art.  Both you and the prickly things will be happier.  Digitography is made for flowers and plants.  Take a look.  Be sure and check our other galleries as well; they overlap a little. 

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After the Rain©.  The brilliant colors of this hibiscus are startling, standing out unmistakably from the green leaves.  Here the rosette of petals perfectly surrounds the center.  Look carefully and you can trace the veins of each leaf, interrupted only by the droplets from this morning’s rain.

  Best Blooms

Best Blooms 

Best Blooms© are those of a trichocereus cluster.  These wonderful, short columnar cacti, typically bloom in April with enormous colorful and complex flowers.  Each bloom begins at sundown and lasts no longer than the next mid-day.  But by that time they have nourished countless insects, birds and bats.  Not to mention nourishing our eyes.  Here they are for your early morning pleasure.

 

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise©.  The desert comes alive in the spring.  With only the tiniest bit of imagination, you can picture the swoop of these brilliant yellow birds.  As they dart back and forth, they are followed by a streak of red marking each path.  Given the slightest opportunity, they will fly throughout your garden.

Bright Lights

Bright Lights

Bright Lights©.  In the early morning, with the sun barely up, a few of our desert denizens are already open for business.  Here, a tiny cactus, barely six inches high, glows brightly in the morning light..

 

Busy Morning

Busy Morning

Busy Morning©.  This is a special day in mid-spring.  The flowers have agreed among themselves:  Today we will bloom!  And here they are in their finery, celebrating the morning light.  The large yellow flowers are trichocereus, while the violet ones are lantana.  And the enormous white one?  The enormous white flower is an unidentified gate crasher, but a very welcome one at that.

 

Cactus Crowd

Cactus Crowd

Cactus Crowd©.  It all began with a single Texas barrel cactus.  Then the crowd began to grow with friends of the first guy.  But finally a new kid decided to get in on the fun.  Here a lush prickly pear has added itself to the mix, brightening it up with its bright yellow flowers.  Be careful:  even the new kid has sharp spines.

 

Cactus Garden

   Cactus Garden©.  Somewhere north of Tucson and East of Phoenix a little garden of fire barrel cactus and yucca is growing.  This little garden is sprinkled with wild flowers accenting the rugged beauty of the cactus in every season.  Let your eyes take a walk through this exciting garden.

 

Evening Star 

Evening Star

Evening Star©.  The star of the this evening is the Night Blooming Cereus.  Throughout the region, nearly all of these enormous beautiful flowers bloom on the same evening, opening in the hope of enticing a pollinator with their delicate scent.  By first light in the morning, they are already closing, having made their brilliant grand entrance only once.  You should enjoy it right now. 

 

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