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

The Best Shots of 2017

Here is a roundup of favorite pictures I took during this year. Which one do you like best?

1. A rare snow fell on the Verde Valley, Arizona
2. The Sycamore Canyon Wilderness, AZ
3. Madrid delectables
4. Plaza de España bridges in Seville
5. The marriage of curves and lines
6. La Casa de Pilatos
7. The Alcázar of Seville basement
8. Gaudí elevator
9. Toledo
10. Hotel stairs, Barcelona
11. Bodie Lighthouse, North Carolina

12. Late Summer, Hart Prairie, Flagstaff

13. Kayaking at Woods Canyon Lake, Mogollon Rim, AZ

Five Shots: Last Greens of Summer

Cool temperatures and blue skies had us in the car heading north today to see if the Aspen leaves had turned. The scenic drive from Sedona up to Flagstaff is one of the prettiest scenic drives around. At Flagstaff, we hiked around Hart Prairie where a frost burnt the ferns and the Aspens were still green. Then we drove over to Garland Prairie to see if the fields of flowers were blooming, but we were too late, the flower stalks were black and wilted. Even though our timing was off, to catch leaves and flowers in their glory, Jim, Bear, and I enjoyed the pleasant weather. Which shot do you like best?

1. Sedona Rocks at Oak Creek
2. Hart Prairie, Flagstaff
3. Hart Prairie
4. Aspen Leaves
5. Aspen Leaf in the Sun
6. Grazing Cow at Garland Prairie
7. Garland Prairie

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