We were treated to two more blooms yesterday. This time from our Argentine Giant (Echinopsis candicans).
I just relocated our specimen because it didn’t seem happy where it was. So far so good and we’re hoping it becomes a monster bloomer like the one next door. It took our breath away the first time we saw it!
When I’m stuck for a photo of the day, I head for a cat or a cactus. Here are both in this photo of Chris walking Cleo. Walking him usually means a lot of waiting as you can see.
I spotted this photo of the day under a Jojoba bush by the garage. I then checked the other Mammillaria in the yard but I had missed their blooms…darn.
Mammillaria like the safety and shade of overhanging shrubs so that’s the place to look.
What a surprise to find this fruit yesterday. In fact, there were two!
(Animals usually eat them before I get a chance to get a photograph).
Summer officially starts today. What does this photo have to do with that?
Nothing but you’re supposed to have fun during summer, right? This is a start 🙂
It was 48 degrees this morning but this Echinopsis still managed to bloom! It was also raining so this is a quick handheld shot at ISO800. Yes…an external light source would have been a good idea.
Cloud cover this morning caused the color of the new blooms on my echinopsis to become deeply saturated. Speaking of weather, it’s been very strange here. We had record heat two days ago and this morning it’s in the low 60s! Being at elevation, we have an advantage of about 7-9 degrees which sure helps on the hot days.
The above photo was taken with my 40D but the close-up below was shot with my Canon S5 IS. I’m always amazed at its ability to capture action and detail!
This Teddybear Cholla is in my yard and loaded with blooms. I’m trying to get a Cholla forest going which will encourage Cactus Wrens to build their nests there. The common name of this cholla comes from its fuzzy appearance. Don’t be fooled, though 🙂
Buckhorn Cholla (Opuntia acanthocarpa) blooms seen yesterday afternoon. The blooms vary in color. I’ve seen yellow, yellow/orange, yellow/red, and orange/red. The bloom in this photo was about 2 1/4 inches wide. The name Buckhorn comes from the antler-like appearance of the cactus. Antlers full of thorns!
So why is Chris touching it?! This second photo was taken at the first sign of new growth. The brand new growth is actually soft and pliable and is the only time you would be able to touch it and not leave with a spine in your finger.