Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Prickly Pear Cactus in Bloom at Grasslands

Cactus needles, longer than the bud.© SB
Hidden in grass and leaves, the prickly pear cactus on 70-Mile Butte in Saskatchewan are in bloom, their yellow, apricot and gold flowers and buds improbably, lusciously soft against severe long spikes.

I've never seen cactus flowering before, and it was a delight to see these at my feet as I climbed to the top of this butte in Grasslands National Park.

I was in the park for a photo workshop, and it will take me many more to learn how to capture their delicate, vibrant colours and elegant structure.

For now, a simple taste of this strange glory.


Full yellow Prickly Pear Cactus flower © SB
Three in a row in straw, dwarfing their cactus. © SB
Insect cafe  © SB
Prickly Pear Cactus flower © SB

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Prairie Wildflower:  Prickly Pear Cactus  
Location: 70-Mile Butte, Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada

Photo Date: June 23, 2012

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