Big Bertha Torch Cactus

Hope is not a resting place but a starting point – a cactus, not a cushion.
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The photo below is from a different plant (same species), back in the shadows. I like how it came out.

And just for fun, I found this quote. Just proving, if you want to find something, you have to look for it:

People find beauty in the desert. I don’t know where they’re looking because I haven’t found it. It’s ugly. It’s nasty. It’s dirt. It’s desert. It’s sand. It’s rock. It’s cactus. It’s lizards and snakes.
~ Travis Browne

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28 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeff Flesch says:

    Beautiful pics, Lisa. The last one is stunning; and the final quote is epic. I love the desert. 🌡🏝

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    1. Thank you, Thank you! I wouldn’t mind an ocean nearby with a pretty beach, but the sunny days just makes me happy! 😊

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re welcome, Lisa. Always! Sunny days make me happy too! 😁

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  2. Great photos!
    The last quote is hilarious! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! When I saw that quote, I just had to add it to my post!

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  3. aussiebirder says:

    True Lisa, beauty can often be staring us in the face, nd our assessment very short sighted or as you said, it is only for those who seek it out to behold it. Beautiful desert flowers.

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊

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  4. restlessjo says:

    He looked in the wrong place! These are absolutely glorious, Lisa.

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    1. Thank you, Jo!!

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  5. Toonsarah says:

    Gorgeous flowers, but even without them I find the desert beautiful and I don’t even have to look very hard to see its beauty. I love the stark emptiness but clearly it’s lost on some people!

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    1. Yes, at first I think we just see the brown and dust. Then as we look closer, we see how beautiful it is!!

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      1. Toonsarah says:

        I must be odd – I like the brown and dust too πŸ˜†

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      2. You must be a person who just sees good everywhere! …I can be that way too a lot of the time 😊

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  6. Naomi says:

    It’s so nice to see those torch blooms. We keep wanting to go see them but they don’t last very long. So glad you caught them for us.

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    1. Thank you! 😊

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  7. Wind Kisses says:

    I love our desert. Torch blooms are awesome. The buds bring so much anticipation because of their size, don’t they?

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    1. Yes, if I only had some in my yard!!

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      1. Wind Kisses says:

        I would like too as well. I just don’t have a good spot right now. So I will admire others.

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  8. I love the last image too!!

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    1. Thank you, Nora!

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  9. Prior... says:

    hahah – love the truth about the desert. I can react t that and it was funny – (great photos too)

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    1. Thank you!! 😁

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  10. SoyBend says:

    Beautiful desert blossoms, Lisa! I’m a High Desert dweller and see glimpses of its beauty every day. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I’ve been to Bend before, lots of similarities!

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  11. Nancy says:

    Beautiful photos! That last capture is exceptional!
    And that last quote… he hasn’t seen what I have seen. I love living in the desert.

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    1. Thank you! …I think we look through different eyes. There is beauty everywhere!

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  12. mconley14 says:

    Love this! Reminds me of an article I did on cacti. So cool!

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    1. Thank you! 😊

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