Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Cactus Flowers

When we first moved to Arizona, 20 years ago, I was surprised to find that cactus, like so many softer, gentler plants produced lovely flowers. About this time every year it still comes as an unexpected surprise when the desert comes into colorful bloom.

Yesterday, Jo Ann, Dickens, Oliver and I took our daily walk around the block and this is part of what we saw:




claret cactus.jpg






white cactus.jpg







purple cactus.jpg






red cactus.jpg

What a great time and place to be alive!



4 responses to “Cactus Flowers

  1. Cowtown Pattie April 5, 2006 at 3:50 am

    These are beautiful! I love cactus…

  2. citrus April 5, 2006 at 5:01 am

    Have you ever tried “jumping cactus”? get within an inch of it and the emergency room gets out its tools! Can’t think of the scientific name. Beautiful silver cactus that lights up the landscape! Don’t let your dog go near it either. Funny thing is that cactus wren, my favorite bird, make their nests in it.

    And thanks for reading my blog.

  3. Texas T-bone April 5, 2006 at 8:56 am

    Shatter a myth for me … are allergies better in Arizona, or does a resident eventually become allergic to the things that grow there? All I know is that arid West Texas was good for my sinuses; humid North Central Texas is bad, very bad.

  4. citrus April 5, 2006 at 10:45 am

    Around the Arizona cities the allergies can get pretty bad, but nothing like back east. Olive trees, pollen from trees and grasses are worst in March. On the whole, though, the arid climate here is much better than the midwest or other humid places. Many move here to get some, but not complete, relief from arthritis.

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