Cactus flowers

I photographed these budding and flowering cacti in March, in Big Bend National Park, Texas. They were growing either in, or near, the Chihuahua Desert Nature Trail which can be a rather prickly place to navigate. Walk carefully, mindfully and sedately and it becomes a lot easier.

Seeing cacti in flower is special. The blooms are large and cup-like, and of those I’ve seen, they were either pink or yellow.

These are Opuntia. Many years ago I collected cacti and grew them indoors, but they never flowered, probably because I didn’t know enough about them at the time to care for them properly.

I gave up on keeping various types of indoor cacti when I got spikes and tiny hair-like prickles embedded in my hands once too often!

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