Monday walk…This yard looks sharp!

Posted: February 4, 2019 in Monday walk
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Arizona yards don’t look anything like those in the Midwest.  In fact, don’t call it a lawn, because according to Merriam-Webster a lawn is:

ground (as around a house or in a garden or park) that is covered with grass and is kept mowed.

No grass and no mowing in most parts of Arizona, water being at a premium.  So a walk around my parents’ yard would be on gravel and you’d see rocks, cacti, and also some trees and flowers.

These look sort of soft and fuzzy, but appearances are definitely deceiving!

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Birds love cactus fruit, so it doesn’t stay whole very long.  Is it just me or do these cactus boobs make Madonna’s look positively comfy?  🙂

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Nope, these aren’t soft either.

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If this were in a sci-fi movie, we’d know to stay away from this as something bad must be about to shoot out at us.

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for Jo’s Monday Walk

  1. happyface313 says:

    🙂 It looks amazing! Very pretty with the pink fruit / blossom?
    A very HAPPY week to you, dear Janet!
    Claudia 🙂

  2. ksbeth says:

    so exotic and beautiful, to me, a mid-westerner

  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    Those soft and fuzzy-looking ones are dangerous! When I was a kid, my mom had an assortment of small cacti in the house including those fuzzy ones. I can tell you from experience that even accidentally brushing up against them will get these tiny little barbs into your skin and they’re impossible to get out. Ouchie for a long time!

  4. ecopoet says:

    Beauty in the eyes of the beholder –

  5. LOL, loved your photo captions for the cactus. I love the western ‘lawn-scapes’. I think there’s a word for it that starts with or includes ‘zeno’ or something to that effect. I can’t remember what it is now, but the idea of landscaping in low water conditions was interesting to me. And those little soft bristles are definitely deceiving. I got a finger-full of them once, lol.

    • I like the desert landscaping, too, Madison, but you definitely don’t want to get up close and personal with many of the plants. Another thing you don’t have to deal with in most of the rest of the country is people stealing plants–cacti, to be precise. Those thieves have to come prepared or you could find them by the quills in their various body parts. 🙂


  6. Amy says:

    Beautiful close up shots, Janet!

  7. Heyjude says:

    Beautiful photos Janet especially that fuzzy first one.

  8. restlessjo says:

    Strange things, cacti, aren’t they, Janet? Thanks for sharing a prickle or two 🙂 🙂

  9. joey says:

    They’re gorgeous for the eyes, not meant for the hands 🙂 Lovely share!

  10. Your photos are as tough as the outdoors in the Great Southwest. I love the sky in the first photo; it’s like a decorative bunting across the background.

  11. de Wets Wild says:

    Not a garden where you’d want to loose your footing, and yet strikingly beautiful!

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  13. Living in the West with lots of cacti and my coming of awareness was in the Mohave Desert between the age of 3 or 4 I have a healthy respect for cactus, and a love for the beauty of its contours, and wildlife that is able to find a home in it.

    The colors the spikes and surrounding areas are quite lovely if one takes the time to notice. There’s more color in the desert than one perceives I’ve noticed, but the recent super blooms may have changed more peoples thinking cause they were looking. 😉

    • Deborah, I agree that the desert is beautiful. When a landscape is unfamiliar or differed from the one where you grew up, it can take time to perceive a/o appreciate the different beauty. And each person has a landscape that most speaks to his/her heart.


  14. Dan Antion says:

    Great photos and I love the captions today, Janet. Enjoy the warmth.

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  16. Irene says:

    Such lovely cacti! 😊

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