Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Cactus

Today will be the last day of the AZ trip photos. These will be of the many different cactus plants in the area. It was spring and the cactus was in bloom, so that made the prickly, stickery, pokey plants a little more pretty.

Click here for a site that has many good photos. It looks like the same are where we were.

This is ocotillo, with blooms on top.

Seguaro cactus From a distance the seguaros don't look like they have needles, but here you can see they do!
Seguaro blossom, the state flower of Arizona. The following are different types of chollo. They are really nasty!


Barrel cactus. On our desert tour we learned that they always lean towards the south, eventually falling over from their weight.

Paddle cactus.
Our desert guide told us the flower of the paddle cactus is what was called the "yellow rose of Texas". I don't know if that's true or not but it's a pretty flower.
And this concludes this year's AZ trip photos. I took a little over 130 pictures. It wasn't easy to pick out just a few, but I hope you enjoyed the last three days' worth.

Back to the normal hum-drum tomorrow!

1 comment:

Jenn said...

I wouldn't want to run into one but they sure are pretty ! Great pics!