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Hedgehog Cactus Blossoms   2 comments

Hedgehog Cactus (genus Echinocereus) Blossoms — Image by kenne

The hedgehog cactus earned its name because its short, spiny stems resemble hedgehogs.
The blossoms last for five days, opening in the morning and closing at night. 


Hedgehog Cactus Blossoms   3 comments

Engelmann’s Hedgehog Blossoms — Image by kenne

Scarlet Hedgehog Blossoms — Image by kenne

On a desert hike

Signs of spring are everywhere

Just look around you.

— kenne

Hedgehog Blossoms   Leave a comment

Dutch John & Pool DoveHedgehog Blossoms, Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne


Sonoran Desert Blooms   Leave a comment

hedgehog cactus-72Hedgehog Cactus and Desert Marigolds — Image by kenne

“I want real things — live people to take hold of

— to see — and talk to —

Music that makes holes in the sky –“

— Georgis O’Keeffe


Hedgehog Cacti Are In Bloom   4 comments

7 Falls April 2013Hedgehog Cactus Blossoms — Image by kenne

One of the first cactus blossoms in the spring are those of the Hedgehog cactus. They have been blooming around the Tucson area for about a week, adding spring beauty as some of the wildflowers pass on.

Yesterday I got a report that some saguaro cacti have begun to bloom, which is early for such blossoms. But, these giant cacti do have a way of blooming when they want to — it’s time to start watching for the return of the white-wing doves.



Here’s some fact-i,
About some cacti,

They’re plants you shouldn’t touch,
Because their spiny leaves are sharp,
It might hurt too,too much!
Yes those pointy spines they have,
Are cacti’s shield and cape,
Helping water stay inside,
Through spines it can’t escape!
They love the desert,
Sun baked lands,
For water’s what they store,
Inside their bodies,
Or their roots,
Like clothing’s in a drawer…

Are really pretty cool,
Just don’t give a kiss to one,
Or miss some time at school…

 — Mr. R’s Plant Poems

Capturing The Moment — Hedgehog Cactus Flowers In Madera Canyon   3 comments

“The Triad” — Hedgehog Cactus Blooms, Image by kenne

On a recent hike on the Dutch John Trail in Madera Canyon (Santa Rita Mountains) we spotted few flowers. This beautiful triad of hedgehog cactus blossoms was an exception. Nessaled in the fallen leaves of the surrounding trees at the 4,500 foot level, I was able to capture an image different from the dirt and rock desert floor.


Capturing The Moment — Cactus Blossoms Along The Trail   4 comments

Hedgehog Cactus Blossom

Prickly Pear Cactus Blossom

Stagghorn Cholla Cactus Blossom

Hedgehog Cactus Blossom with Bee — Images by kenne

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