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Rainbow Cactus

I posted the top view if the Rainbow Cactus yesterday. This view shows you the colorful bands of spines that are the reason for its name.

Rainbow Cactus, Texas Wildflowers

Rainbow Cactus

I photographed this Rainbow Cactus along Humphries Peak Road using the focus stack technique during a recent trip to the Big Bend area.

Big Bend National Park, Flowers

Prickly Pear Flower

I captured this Prickly Pear flower at the Big Bend NP last spring. I like prickly pear plants because they are easy to spot and they have a lot of flowers.

Big Bend National Park, Flowers

Tree Cholla

I returned from my trip to Big Bend NP with hundreds of photos to process. In the meantime, I’ll share a Tree Cholla flower that we found along Highway 118.

Echinocereus dasyacanthus Engelm., Golden rainbow hedgehog, Spiny Hedgehog Cactus, Spiny hedgehog cactus, Texas rainbow cactus, Yellow Pitaya

Fruit Rollups

The Spiny Hedge Hog is found throughout Texas. I found this specimen during my trip to Big Bend earlier this year. The stigma looks like fruit rollups.

Buffalo Cactus

During my recent trip to Buffalo I was able to visit the Buffalo Botanical Gardens in addition to visiting the Basilica. My favorite part of the tour was the cactus exhibit. I named this one Buffalo Cactus.

Cactus apple, Opuntia engelmannii Salm-Dyck ex Engelm. var. engelmannii, Prickly Pear Cactus

Very Prickly

While doing some editing I ran across this Engelmann’s Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia engelmannii var. engelmannii) and I thought this very prickly image would make a good post.

Milky Way at Castelon

Big Bend Night Sky

One of the highlights of the trip was the early morning Milky Way shots. The first time was near the Castolon area which is on the way to Santa Helena Canyon. It was my first Milky Way shooting experience so I made a lot of mistakes early on.