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Cacti at the Desert Botanical Gardens

This past weekend, my hubby took me on a surprise trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona. Since I have a nice collection of photos, I am going to break them up into a series of posts. For Part One of this series, the focus is cacti – oddly shaped cacti and colorful cacti blossoms.
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This past weekend, my hubby took me on a surprise trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona. Since I have a nice collection of photos, I am going to break them up into a series of posts. For the first part of this series, the focus is cacti – oddly shaped cacti and colorful cacti blossoms.

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Cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden
Cactus at the Desert Botanical GardenCactus Blossom at the Desert Botanical Garden
Cactus Blossom at the Desert Botanical Garden
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Cactus Blossom at the Desert Botanical Garden
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Cactus Blossoms at the Desert Botanical Garden


Stay tuned for upcoming posts in this four part photo series on the Desert Botanical Gardens – more beautiful flowers, butterflies, and an interesting glass display mixed into the southwestern landscape.

By Kristi Hines

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17 replies on “Cacti at the Desert Botanical Gardens”

Great pictures I find cacti pretty amazing plants how they are able to survive in such harsh conditions. There is a botanical gardens down the road from our house, so am going to take my daughter over the weekend and try my hand at taking some macro shots after your images have inspired me to have a go. If they turn out OK will post them if not I guess I can use the excuse the weather in rainy Wales is too bad.
Do you link them from your flickr account and do you need a wordpress plugin to add them?

it is amazing that these flowers, living in such a harsh environment have the energy and water to make themselves look beautiful. like they are attending some desert mardi gras festival in the middle of a recession, but are determined to still look at their best.

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@Eric: If you link back to my article as the source of inspiration, you’re more than welcome to. I’d love to see one of my photos translated into artwork.

@Waynejohn: Thanks!

@Jen: Actually, they’re not at my doorstep, but I see a lot of desert landscape on the way to work.

@Nikhil: Thanks. The orange and yellow ones are my favorite.

@Sire: It was a beautiful day out, just perfect for getting these shots.

@Brenda: Thanks. I wanted to show cacti in a way that most people probably don’t expect.

@GregR: Sometimes, it’s the contrast between what we are used to seeing that makes things beautiful.

@khaled: Good luck! I have all my photography hosted at Flickr. That way I save room on my hosting plan, and I sometimes get the Flickr traffic into my blog as well.

@Rob: That’s a good way to think about them. I like to think that they are just trying their best to stand out in the desert-y landscape.

I’m reminded of a springtime backpacking trip I took in the Superstition Mountains after a particularly rainy winter (the last, I believe for a long time…approximately 1995)…the flowers everywhere…all those desert colors…so different from what an Eastern boy like me might have expected…

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@Spot: Yes, there are several pretty areas of desert landscape that you can see just on a daily commute.

@YogaforCynics: I’ve heard hikes in that area are beautiful, but strenuous. Good to see that our desert showed a different side of itself then too.

@Sean: It was definitely the best time to catch them in all of their glory.

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