Broadway on the mesa

June 19, 2017  •  7 Comments

Another show opened on the mesa today.  This time, it was the hedgehog cactus, and I must say, costume designers for Broadway musicals must have seen these babies in bloom.  Check out the headdress.    

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Although it looks like an anemone, the strawberry hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus fendleri, is known for its blossoms' retina-piercing color.  The body of the cactus is a barrel and so nondescript that it is almost guaranteed you won't see it except when it is blooming.   Although I shot the photographs contained herein between 2 and 3 p.m. (a shortened shoot because the cedar gnats were out in force) which is not exactly prime shooting time in summer, I did not adjust the color in these photographs.

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Scouring the mesa for these costumed beauties, I would occasionally come across some that carried much more subtle hues, such as the ones below.

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Dianne James(non-registered)
WWWow! That tiny little thing wants to be noticed. Beautiful photography. Beautiful flowers.
I love the reverse progression in size and color ever more blooms and brilliance from last to first. What a wonderful world we live in.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
Ditto Peggy's comment to look down and pay more attention to the beauty around us. These are stellar and I do see the anemone comparison. It's hard to believe these beauties are natures real thing. As to the carnivorous gnats, they are everywhere this year along with the dreaded mosquito. Terry says frame pic one. I concur.
Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
Very nice. Hard to compete with these even here in cactus heaven.
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