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Please Don't Pick the Flowers

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 22 July 2011 in Plant & Nature.

Cactus blooms in Big Bend National Park.

SONY DSC-F828 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 64 51 mm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

The sweetness mixed in the aggressiveness, a very beautiful flower of cactus

22 Jul 2011 8:24am

@Marie LC: Thanks, Marie. It is a contrast between the two.

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Beautiful, but sometimes even the most beautiful can hurt you

22 Jul 2011 8:31am

@J.R.: Yep, true for plants, animals and people...

janina from Melbourne, Australia

It's a pretty flower, colourful. ^_^

22 Jul 2011 11:54am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

This flower is well protected. Beautiful colours and the light is amazing!
Well done Barbara!

22 Jul 2011 12:00pm

@Don Levesque: Nature takes care of things. Thanks, Don.

Laurette from Fourways - Johannesburg, South Africa

A very beautiful cactus flower with wonderful colours and texture. A beautiful capture.

22 Jul 2011 12:00pm

@Laurette: Thanks, Laurette.

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

Wonderful shot!! The detail, color and texture are all great. I remember years ago when my brother-in-law picked me some cactus berries. I was skeptical to try them but they are wonderful. Maybe theses lovely flowers will soon become that elusive treat.

22 Jul 2011 12:54pm

@Candais: Really? I have never heard of that. Very interesting.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Beautiful color and detail. I presume this was taken in spring?

22 Jul 2011 1:10pm

@Julie Brown: Yes, Julie, right now Big Bend would have killer heat, and I'm not a big fan of the desert anyway. The Big Bend photos were all taken in March which I guess would be considered spring down there.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful light in this colourful capture Barbara! A wonderful reminder that in Nature beauty is sometimes a camouflage to danger! ;-)

22 Jul 2011 1:24pm

@Eric Cousineau: So true. Thanks, Eric.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Barbara this is exquisite! I not only love the blossom itself but the bud just to the right of it. And the needles and succulent are detailed magnificently. This is a fantastic composition. I noticed that you mentioned you are not a big fan of the desert, but this image is a winner. I actually love the desert immensely, but I totally agree that the summer is NOT the time to go. I have become a believer in the idea that the way to get folks to appreciate the desert is get them there when it is temperate so that they can observe and appreciate more....The heat of the desert is a natural process and it's presence and esistence is why the desert is what it is...but the time for people to go and view is definitely in the more temperate months...Beautiful job here, Barbara...I truly love this one ;-)

22 Jul 2011 2:27pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Denny, I should not have said I'm not a big fan of the desert. I do like it, and really loved the time we spent in Big Bend. It's just that I love the mountains, forest, rivers, streams and waterfalls, and wildlife that live there so much. I like the ocean a lot too, but have not spent as much time there as the mountains. And you are right, the more I've been in the desert, the more I do appreciate it. Thanks, glad you like the shot.

Gary from Cochise County, United States

I've learned the hard way not to mess with those inviting flowers. The do make a pretty picture though.

22 Jul 2011 2:33pm

@Gary: I bet you could give me a few "pointers". (groan, yes that was bad - sorry! LOL )

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Such a beautiful blossom ... and one on the way; you captured this beautifully. There's a whole other 'world' inside these flowers and your detailed shot shows just that!

22 Jul 2011 3:07pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thanks, Judy.

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful and daring...wonderful blossom and buds!

22 Jul 2011 7:55pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful blossom off this cactus that you've captured!

22 Jul 2011 8:57pm

franz from Baden, Austria

who would think of picking this lovely flower, guarded as it is by these intimidating thorns?!? ;-)) beautiful to look at, barbara!

23 Jul 2011 4:26pm

@franz: Not me! Thanks.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Beautifully captured...lovely details and color..always amazing that cactus can have flowers and with such beauty

27 Jul 2011 4:56am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I don't like cactus, generally...but when they bloom in such gorgeous colours...I pay attention!

29 Jul 2011 2:11pm

@Japanalia: It's hard to miss them when they are about the only flower around.

1/125 second
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