Amy, I love you for choosing this theme, one that’s near and dear to my heart and camera. While I, like Tina, often do close-ups and macros from six feet or so away with my telephoto, the phone is also great for that type of shot. I deliberately didn’t include a flower with a bee, although I love those. Let’s see what I did chose and whether or not you like them.

My Christmas cactus in full bloom lured me into a great number of photos with its sensuous curves and beautiful color.

This unidentified but brave insect ventured much closer to these cactus spines than I ever would!

Our daughter had some beautiful gladiolus flowers, so I just had to get (a lot) closer.

One of these is not like the others.

Although I know many think me crazy for it, I long for some winter, real winter with cold and snow and ice, something we don’t get in the Phoenix area. But go south an hour and a half or so, then head up Mt. Lemmon and if conditions are right, you might spot frost in places where the sun hasn’t hit yet. Seeing some made my day. Really!

No little thing challenge can sneak by without another view, unpublished until today, of the alien-looking interior of one of our torch cactus flowers. I’m endlessly fascinated by them.

  1. Smitha V says:

    Beautiful photographs.

  2. bushboy says:

    The last photo just made me gasp 🙂

  3. Beautiful collection of small things, Janet. You’ve met the challenge. That Christmas Cactus opener is stunning in its delicacy.

    • Thanks, John. I’ve been amazed by the beauty of the various cactus flowers but the nice thing about this one is that it’s right in the house. Unfortunately I now have to wait another year for it to flower (or maybe nine months now.)

  4. Sue says:

    That torch-cactus is fab!

  5. Tina Schell says:

    Marvelous Janet! Especially loved your Christmas cactus and the cactus flower. Of course we have no cacti here but I’m so fascinated by how and when they bloom. You’ve captured them beautifully.

    • Good morning and thanks, Tina. Cactus flowers are often beautiful, almost as if to make up for the forbidding exterior of the plant. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by and for commenting. Enjoy your Sunday.

  6. Jet Eliot says:

    I so enjoyed the artistry in these flora photos, Janet. That last photo in particular really wowed me, like being on another planet.

    • I think that same thing about the interior of the torch cactus flowers, Jet. Even though I have lots of photos of them, every time I see one in flower (and they only last one day), I rush out to take more photos. 🙂

  7. Amy says:

    Remarkable images of these little things, Janet! The closeup captures are amazing. The details of the cactus flower, taking my breathaway.

    • I’m very thankful for a good phone camera, that’s for sure. 🙂 The cactus flowers take my breath away every time I see them as well and the interior is so other-worldly.

  8. restlessjo says:

    My eyes are misbehaving at present, Janet, but what I can see looks lovely

  9. Wow! Those are truly breath-taking. I’m usually not much for abstract, but I adore the dynamic motion you captured in those curves and colors.

  10. de Wets Wild says:

    Almost otherworldly! The frost crystals look as prickly as the thorns.

  11. Happy to spot a shield bug on your cactus. I thought that flattened body should be good for something, but hadn’t ever seen a place where it actually would be needed.

  12. pattimoed says:

    Remarkable macros, Janet. I was really struck by your first and last images, in particular. Wow! They are stunning. Take care. I see you’ve had a tough week. Sending my best to you and hopes that you can find comfort in his love and memories of him.

  13. I like the Gladiola image and the inside of the cactus flower. That looks like a whole nother world in there!!

  14. Gorgeous photos Janet!

  15. These are beautiful very artistic photos

  16. Leya says:

    Very beautiful and love your angle/perspective. The last one looks just like my Princess of the Night cactus inside. Fascinating!

  17. Wind Kisses says:

    Great choices! I love the inside of the cactus. A great metaphor as well. They are a bit alien looking inside. I really loved the colored leaf in the dead leaves. Alone it might get lost, but places among the browns, it stands out. Nice,

  18. Prior... says:

    I can see why the torch cactus is one of your favs!

    And I know what you mean about liking a bit of winter weather

    • People here think I’m crazy when I say I miss winter. Glad there are a few other with me. 🙂

      • Prior... says:

        Yes ma’am! Another reason we wanted to not live in FL was because we wanted a full four seasons – well not as brutal cold as some northern states and so we feel blessed to live in Virginia
        – not perfect – but perks and the nice winters are great!
        It is great that you still have access to some cold areas

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  20. All beautiful shots, but I’m partial to the last one. Stunning.