Living here in the desert southwest part of the U.S., we are surrounded with many types of cactus. Cactus grows here naturally, of course, and residents use the many types in their home landscapes. Normally I don't think much about the cactus, only when I have to remove a needle when I brush up too close to one. But each April, the usually mundane prickly pear cactus and the others produce blooms that have always intrigued me. The delicate, translucent petals of the cactus blossom seems out of place on such a hostile bland plant. I guess it is the juxtaposition of the delicate flower on the hostile plant that intrigues me. So, I photographed a few which I will now share..