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Gallery 4-3 - 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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Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts  

Queen of Hearts©.  Any prickly pear can produce a yellow flower.  Only a few prickly pears can produce red blossoms.  And every so often a prickly pear is seen to produce a double lobe in the shape of a heart.  But it is rare indeed for the Queen of Hearts to appear, shooting two brilliant red blooms from its twin lobes.  Sadly, next year her reign will be over as a stalk grows from each lobe.

 

Red Beauty

Red Beauty 

  Red Beauty© shows a profusion of night-opening trichocereus flowers.  The flowers appear in mid-spring in a wide number of colors.  The flowers are often much larger than the medium size cactus on which they appear…sometimes as much as 6 inches across.  Enjoy them now; by noon they will be gone.  

 

Simply Elegant 

   Simply Elegant©.  What is it about the trichocereus?  It doesn’t want to flower at all during the fall or the winter, no matter what the weather.  Just another cactus.  But then, sometime around April, they all effortlessly burst out with enormous multiple blooms.  The gorgeous blooms pictured here are each nearly six inches wide. 

 

Sun Flowers

Sun Flowers

Sun Flowers©.  It is a beautiful day.  The sun is out, and the sun flowers seem to be enjoying their time with us.  Stroll through this patch and admire their flaming petals.  Perhaps the eye in the middle is watching us in return.

Tapped Out 

   Tapped Out©.  We can’t figure out why this brilliant gilded flicker (a woodpecker) doesn’t fall off the giant saguaro (no, we didn’t glue him on).  For several minutes, he clung to the cactus as though considering his next move.  Then suddenly, with a flicker of wings, he was gone. 


Where Is It?

Where Is It? 

 Where is it?©.  We generally see Harris hawks either atop saguaros or swooping over their prey.  This is a little different.  Apparently this sharp-eyed predator has spotted some juicy morsel climbing around the heads of the barrel cactus.  Unusual by itself, the barrel is over five feet high and landing there may seem similar to landing on a saguaro.

 

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