Travel Photo Thursday: Cactus Flowers

Some unusual flowers appear in the landscaping of my Tucson neighborhood in the Spring. Time to break out the traveler’s favorite companion, a cactus flower identification book.

Here are a few of my favorite cactus flowers and the blossoms of a desert tree.

You might want to amuse yourself by guessing which of these photos were taken with my Droid Smart Phone and which were taken with a digital camera. Speak up in the comment section below.

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A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler’s Library, recreating her family’s past at Ancestors In Aprons. She writes frequently for Reel Life With Jane and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

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About Vera Marie Badertscher

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler's Library, recreating her family's past at Ancestors In Aprons. She writes frequently for Reel Life With Jane and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

12 thoughts on “Travel Photo Thursday: Cactus Flowers

  1. In Arizona, you have cactus flowers in spring and up here, we have apple blossoms. Both so pretty! Love the prickly pear flowers.

  2. I think I’ve already mentioned to you that I love cactus flowers! Some of the flowers are absolutely stunning and such a contrast to the cactus itself. Thanks for identifying the Octotillo – I’ve seen those in Arizona, but didn’t know the name. Smartphones do a great job, don’t they? Not even going to try to guess. :)

    1. I misled you with a typo, sorry. Extra t in your cactus word, Cathy. It’s ocotillo. (diminutive of ocote, a Spanish type of pine–I looked it up–didn’t know that)

  3. I always like flower photographs, but cacti flowers seem extra special (prob because we don’t have them where I live). My very best choices are the first and last and the mountain photo :)

  4. Vera, these are all gorgeous shots. I don’t think I have ever seen such big blooms on a cactus.

    I cannot tell which shots were take with which camera. They are all good quality shots!

  5. Love that we are both sharing some Arizona beauty today! And you are lucky enough to have it right outside your door (I can’t complain here in the Seattle, either). I’m thinking the first one is from your digital camera?

    1. I love that contrast, too. Prickly pears and their flowers come in various colors, but in my neighborhood plain green pads with yellow flowers predominate.

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