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…

Friday friends

To end my week of wildflower photos, I found a few friendly critters that weren’t camera shy. They add a nice touch don’t you think? Enjoy 😊 Large flocks of butterflies, all kinds of happy insects, seem to be in a perfect fever of joy and sportive gladness.~John Muir

Tuesday’s Flower

I believe this to be the Desert Thorn-apple (Datura discolor). I will be watching for it to open over the next couple of days. According to Wikipedia, all parts of this plant contain a mix of alkaloids that are potentially lethal when enough is ingested. Deaths from careless recreational use of Datura and related plants…

Rafinesquia neomexicana: commonly known as desert chicory…

Also known as plumeseed, or New Mexico plumeseed, considered in the sunflower or daisy family.  I have no fun facts on this flower.  However, I think it’s beauty makes a grand statement! 💮💮💮💮💮💮💮 “To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an…

Amsinckia: commonly known as Fiddleneck

Fiddleneck was another wildflower quite prevalent on my recent Sunday morning hike.  I also saw them on Saturday walking along the wash.  They are very beautiful in the way they curl, and the green and yellow colors are quite stunning. A small factoid from Wikipedia: The seeds and foliage of fiddlenecks are poisonous to livestock, particularly cattle, because they…