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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.

 

Beauty Rising

Beauty Rising

Beauty Rising.  Moment by moment the flower stalk inches upward and slowly uncurls.  As it does, each individual tiny bloom takes it’s turn reaching outward and finally opening to attract and feed the lucky humming birds flitting about.

 

  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.  By daylight, the southwest bird of paradise is strikingly pretty and very unusual.  But at night it becomes  unforgettable.  Here it shows a rainbow of colors with the wings of the bird seemingly about to take off.

 

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.

 

Five Star

Five Star

Five Star.  Sometimes referred to as “Big Bertha” the echinopsis cactus grows magnificent white flowers that are eight to ten inches across.  Here, five have clustered together from different branches of the same cactus.  But their beauty only lasts for a single day.  Tomorrow, new blossoms will open.

 

Full House

Full House 

Full House.  Trichocereus are unique cacti.  Most will guarantee a few enormous blooms—but they bloom sequentially.  Sometimes a few flowers will open together.  This is the unlikely winning poker hand—a full house with 10 blossoms all in view together.  Savor it now—you may never see a more lovely one. 

 

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