Cactus have a very tough skin to minimize water loss and spines to prevent becoming a drink for thirsty desert creatures. They open their pores to collect carbon dioxide only at night and are able to store the CO2 until the sun rises to convert this into sugars. They also have a very shallow root system that rapidly expands when water is available Source
May 2012 was a peak time for desert flowers, especially in the NW corner of Arizona., although the satellite looks like it was taken at the peak of dyness I have posted a few other pictures from this well-planned Red Rock tour. Surprisingly, for the number of places we visited, we seldom drove more than a few hours on each of the 10 days that we travelled.
It is said in France that's the kind of present a man can give to his mother in law!!! I wouldn't try to crop it, the thorns are too hard and sharpen. I think you were lucky to photograph it because they grow only a few days in the desert.
In my ToM choice
plimrn (2017/07/23 20:07:27): I have many friends that love cactus. Me, not so much;I like phalaenopsis orchids because the blooms last several months. Some of the advantages of artificial flowers, but you don't have to dust them
Here you have had wonderful conditions. I love especially the beautifull light which makes this cactus with its flower wonderfully stand out. The obviously dead trunk provides a gorgeous and somehow fascinating background and foreground here. A photo to be proud of! Really! I like it very much!
Greetings to you both from sticky and thundery Germany! Have a nice week!
plimrn (2017/07/24 00:31:41): Vielen Dank, ich war überrascht, wie gut es stellte sich heraus. Ich hatte ein anderes geschrieben früher
Une lumière au top, un focus parfait et une belle contribution au thème du mois
et une nouvelle photo favorite pour moi :)
plimrn (2017/07/24 00:34:35): Merci beaucoup. J'avais posté un différent plus tôt et a commencé à ost encore, mais quand je mets à la place, le réalisais que j'avais déjà posté cette question. Heureusement, je l'ai aimé celui-ci encore mieux, je suppose que je posté l'autre parce qu'il y avait plus de fleurs
I have a small cactus collection. sadly we had a very constant rainy period and I lost many of them, ants are other problem here. anyway we have native cactus in my hometown, they were adapted to borrazopolitan conditions.
very beautiful your image showing the flowers (many of my cactus has yellow flowers too). I liked the texture of the timber ahead as a background. excellent photo to the theme.
plimrn (2017/07/25 16:26:48): In my experience, yellow is the most common, I typically end up letting my cactus gifts die from LACK of water, not an easy feat!
When I saw my frist cactus in the nature somewhere in Colorado while house sitting, I was so excited and happy and I couldn't believe my luck. If you think how dry the area is, it is truly something special when they bloom. The second year we came, they were not out the same. It needs a certain amount of moisture for sure. It's a lovely image, Pat, the light is just perfect making the flowers shine, like a little sun or similar. Love the bokeh with the wood in the back, it makes the perfect background. Excellent idea for the TOM, they're growing in a hard environment.
plimrn (2017/07/25 16:36:23): Thank you, They really make a delightful change in the plant. I think the blur in the BG is why I skipped the image when I posted the first one, but I was also pleased with how it turned out
what a wonderful addition to the theme. Yes, these flowers are hard and tough. I really love this composition and your large aperture gives us the perfect bokeh.Tack sharp and lovely strong yellow flowers, plus the rolling curves in the b/g - it all makes for a striking, peaceful and harmonious image. Absolutely lovely. I could stare at it for a long time.
I saw this a few days ago and reminded my self to comment. I really like this even though you didn't use your tripod. Composition is spot on and the DOF is perfect, all element of the cacti are in focus. What really is nice about this image is that you caught some nice sidelight pretty much only lighting the cacti and the flower just glows in the light. If there is a downside to the scene it it the OOF wood just infront of the cacti. To me the wood is a bit distracting. Using your tripod you would have seen this and would have been able to correct the scene.
Excellent - I love the light.
plimrn (2017/08/01 00:22:35): Thank you john, I have kept my camera on the tripod since I left Bandon, as I noticed you tend to do. I'm more likely to use it that way. HLJ x4, P