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The beauty of the desert and its flora and fauna never cease to amaze me. Of course, some parts of it are best viewed from a distance or with a zoom feature, but always very carefully!
That looks like it would hurt quite a bit if you come to close.
Lena, it would definitely hurt if you hit any of the needles! I got very close, but also very carefully!
Ouch! (But beautifully captured).
The desert has so much beauty, but much of it is very inhospitable to people. Birds do quite well, making homes in cacti. I’ll have some good photos of that at some point soon.
Perhaps it is the inherent inhospitality that makes it so alluring. I’ll leave that thought with you.
Delightful subtle colours in this one more than can be said for it’s defense mechanism!
The color really is lovely, isn’t it? So delicate compared to the needles! 🙂
Trish said it all for me.
good morning. Randy
Good morning to you, Randy, and thanks for chiming in, even if just “ditto.” Sometimes that’s all that’s left to say, but it’s always nice to read.
Great perspective on that photo Janet 🙂
Thanks, Dan, a very careful perspective. 🙂
This is a beautiful photo, Janet. My snarky side sez that it would make a great anti-Valentine’s Day card.
🙂 Very true, Allan. My husband says that all holidays other than Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, are merely to sell cards and other paraphernalia and he ignores them. I dislike that Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays have been smushed together and the significance pretty much removed.
My wife and I make cards for each other during the year. It’s the gift of time and thought that can not be purchased for any price.
What a fabulous color! Great photograph : )
Thanks, Laurin! I’m happy you liked it. Thanks for the visit and comment. Both are always appreciated.
Wow, that is an amazing color!
It’s an unusual color for a cactus, Laura, which makes it stand out all the more in the desert.
Now that is just nasty; this plant has really adapted well to it’s harsh environment.
Charlie, I believe cacti were created this way, just perfect for their environment. If they had leaves, they’d lose too much water. It’s amazing how hospitable the birds and animals find them, though. If you’re careful, you can eat cacti, or their fruit, if you know which ones are good. Definitely lose the needles first, though!
Looking sharp- Literally! What an intriguing purple/pink color, too.
Lovely shot Janet.
Love the purple tinge to the photo!
I meant the purple tinge of the cactus and the way you highlighted it with the pale purple line in the frame…
I love the desert and its cactus. All the singing birds too make me feel very peaceful.
That is such a delicate and pretty colour for such a bristly and inhospitable plant…
Very true. Much like some people. 😉
Cool! Looks like a pin-cushion.
…and then I re-read your title…haha!
I’ve lived in deserts for the past 30 years or so. I love these cactuses (cactae?). But is it really that color or did you “flavor” it post edit?
This is really the color these are. I may have saturated this one slightly, but they are beautiful pinks and purples, something I’d never seen before this year. Obviously they’ve been around for a bit or they wouldn’t be so large. Quite nice, aren’t they?
Yes, VERY nice, and love that color, too. The ones I’ve seen were a dark green.
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