Cactus Flowers

by Gary Luker October. 06, 2019 224 views

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..

This is the blossom of the Saguaro Cactus.  It is the Arizona state flower.

This is the blossom of the Saguaro Cactus. It is the Arizona state flower.

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Benny Law 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I didn't know that cactus plants can produce such lovely blooms. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

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Gary Luker Replied to Benny Law 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Benny..I didn't know that they bloomed like that either until we moved here years ago. It's quite a sight when you look out over large areas of prickly pear and other cactus usually in April and see all the various blooms and colors.  The rest of the year,,not so spectacular grinning

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Lynn F Medley 4 months, 2 weeks ago

A beautiful series!

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Gary Luker Replied to Lynn F Medley 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you,,I should have noted somewhere,,now that I look at these photos,,that the light is all natural in the pictures. The translucent petals reflect or transmit the natural sunlight making it appear that a flash or accessory lights were used.  Nope, all naturalhigh brightness

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lynn F Medley Replied to Gary Luker 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Natural, my favorite light!

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Gary Luker Replied to Lynn F Medley 4 months, 2 weeks ago

yes, me too.  These cactus were growing beside a large tree and the tree branches and leaves filtered the sunlight giving the dark shadows and the highlighted blooms.   One of those happy surprises !

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Sherry Hill 4 months, 2 weeks ago

beautiful.. i love #1..

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Gary Luker Replied to Sherry Hill 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Sherry.

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