Five Shots: The Cacti from 2017

Oops, how could I forget the cacti from the recent post “Best Shots of 2017”?

Last winter and spring in Arizona we had abnormal amounts of precipitation. As a result, they say every seven years or so we get the blankets of wildflowers and obscene cacti blossomings which gives the desert landscape brilliant colors and easy photo opportunities. Most below come from the prickly pear.  The name “prickly pear” refers to the cactus species Opuntia and also to the fruits these cacti produce. They produce paddle or cylinder like leaves and the fruits are edible and used in making jellies and juices. And tasty margaritas.

(Here you go, Pete.)

1. A Beaver Tail Cactus
2. Purple paddles and yellow cups
4. Fuscia petals and yellow holders
5. Pink fingertips 
6. 8′ x 10′ bush of the Prickly Pear
7. Sentry plant on duty
8. Yellow fingers
9. Prickly Pear blossom
10. Watch your fingers
11. Barrel Cactus

35 thoughts on “Five Shots: The Cacti from 2017

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  1. Thanks for that ‘succulent’ treat, Cindy. I would love to have a big barrel cactus like that on our property, and to see a Sentry plant standing tall over on Beetley Meadows! 🙂 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. This was such a gorgeous collection, each one “better than the next,” but truly they each were jewels of the desert. 💎 Happy New Year to you and yours! 🌟💫🎉

  3. I love the Beaver Tail one. Mr O and I have started collecting mini-cacti. Most of them live in the kitchen and are named after politicians we think are pricks. Pun intended.

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