Prickly Pear (Beavertail Cactus)

DaGoddess @ 23:00

Entry for Thematic Photograph 45 – Floral

Opuntia basilaris — contains mescaline. But neither Jan nor I tried it. And credit where credit is due: the first shot was inspired by Jan.

Beavertail Cactus

Beavertail Cactus

Beavertail Cactus

Beavertail Cactus

Beavertail Cactus


  1. For cactus, that’s dang pretty! :may:

    Comment by pamibe — 2009/04/10 @ 05:21

  2. ain’t it? I was having me some fun with it

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/04/10 @ 05:23

  3. I like the second one. Great details!

    Comment by Jan — 2009/04/10 @ 07:55

  4. I think that’s my favorite, too.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/04/10 @ 08:42

  5. I’m astounded by the quality of the light. It paints these stunning examples of life with such rich vibrancy. I definitely need to move out of the Great White North :)

    Thanks for sharing these as part of this week’s Thematic Photographic. Your work is truly remarkable.

    Comment by Carmi — 2009/04/16 @ 20:17

  6. Thank you!

    The one advantage of living in California is getting to see such beauty. Of course, you usually have to drive out into the middle of nowhere to see it! But it’s a small price to pay for a treasure like this. (It was very cold most mornings and evenings in the middle of Death Valley, especially when you scaled a peak, but the daytime hours were lovely)

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/04/16 @ 20:25

  7. The pictures are gorgeous. I just love the flowers on the cactus, they are so pretty.I am a plant killer (I can’t help it!) My hubby (Carmi) once bought me a cactus, figuring I wouldn’t kill it. Sigh, it’s no more.

    Thanks for sharing such great pics!

    Comment by Morahmommy — 2009/04/17 @ 07:44

  8. Thank you.

    I have a rather “brown” thumb myself. I don’t kill plants outright; they lull me into a false sense of security and then they start dying off a little at a time.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/04/17 @ 08:17

  9. our gram would winter in Arizona — and tell us there was nothing lovelier than the desert in bloom.

    Certainly here is proof!

    Comment by Pamela — 2009/04/17 @ 21:00

  10. Some of the most delicate blossoms share a space with a spine or thorn, these are no exception! :flag:

    Comment by amanda guthrie — 2009/04/17 @ 21:35

  11. Both Pamela and Amanda have said much in such short comments. You two rock!

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/04/18 @ 00:35

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