Phoneography Challenge: Macro (from the desert)

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Nature, Phoneography Challenge
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If you follow my blog, you already know I’m on vacation in the Phoenix, Arizona area with limited internet access.  My first entry for “Macro” is from one of the cactus plants in my parents’ natural yard.  The spines don’t deter the birds, however, and there’s a next not far from my photo of one of the cactus fruits.  Serendipitously,  the location of the spines reminds me of some bizarre (is there any other kind?) of costume Madonna might wear or a space alien who clutches victims to her voluptuous bosom, stabbing them with the poisonous spines.

The second, more prosaic but still beautiful, photo is of the buds of a hyacinth that I didn’t get out of the pot and into the ground in time and which decided to bloom again during the winter.  Both photos were taken with my iPad and only cropped.



  1. Great photos! I used to live in Mesa and work in Phoenix years ago. The desert just didn’t agree with me! Although it does have its own beauty in many ways. 🙂

  2. These are wonderful depiction of nature up close, showing us two very different textual surfaces. Happy Phoneography Monday.

  3. Amy says:

    Great macro shot of the cactus plants! I like the texture of the second one.

  4. That cactus looks dangerous! Great photos for macro. 🙂

  5. They both look so alien. I love your comment about a bosom with poisonous spines! The second one reminds me the the plant from Little Shop of Horrors. Keep having fun in AZ! Happy Phoneography Monday!

  6. Steve says:

    We have a talking cactus in Aberdeen, Scotland don’t you know?

  7. That first one looks wicked and painful. 🙂

  8. wish I was there so I could see it all with my own eyes but I’m glad you are sharing your pictures ! thanks !

  9. Brave shots, to get up that close to those barbs. Excellent work!

  10. Both nice shots, and the cactus does look really alien, doesn’t it?