Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane Widler Wenzel co-author Rainy Day Thought. Diane generally posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments are always welcome and appreciated as it turns an article into a discussion.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Cactus and shades of yellow


The prickly pear cactus blooms from yellow to almost an orange and on the same cactus. The problem with sharing here is, as it was with the pinks, what to leave out? They are all such beautiful blossoms.

When the entire plant is in bloom, it's transformed into its own garden.

To me, this little guy defines ecstasy. I watched as he rolled and almost seemed to wash himself in the pollen. That is joy personified. When the cactus bloom, the desert is alive with buzzing insects racing between each bloom for more of the sweetness.

8 comments:

Parapluie said...

Ah, Prickly Pear like Jews in Israel, beautiful and so appropriate for Easter and Passover week.

Joy Des Jardins said...

These Prickly Pear cactus blooms are just gorgeous Rain. I don't think I've ever seen them before. Just in time for Easter.... Thanks so much....

Dick said...

Beautiful flowers. This should be a good year for plant beauty in the desert after a fairly wet winter. 2005 was that way after a wet 04/05 winter season. And I think the Tucson area is about the best of the SW deserts for lots of desert plants.

mandt said...

So lovely!

Mary Lou said...

OOOOO Those are PURRTTTYYY!!

Darlene said...

I'm sure you saw the Prickly Pear in my front yard that was just beginning to bloom when you were here. Last year it was covered in blossoms, but the blossoms seem to be smaller this year. I don't know why.

Your photos surpass the ones I took last year. I am so jealous. ;-)

Anne said...

Oh that bee is too much! I can just imagine the dance she did upon returning to the hive!

Sylvia K said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos! Wish I was there to see them for real!