These rocks were found in a 6000 feet elevation pinon juniper area in northern Arizona. I don’t know what these rocks are, but I thought they were pretty interesting. This blooming whipple cholla cactus was in this high desert area as well.
The cactus of the southwest will bloom in the spring and early summer. I was fortunate to see a few varieties bloom, as of late. These pictures are from desert areas in Arizona. READ MORE ABOUT CACTUS CACTI (part 1) & CACTI (part 2).
Here are some more cacti I found in various Arizona places. These are all prickly pears, which are well-known as many bear edible fruit, sometimes referred to as cactus fruit, cactus fig, Indian fig, or tuna. Obviously, it must be peeled carefully to remove the small spines on the outer skin before consumption. Plains prickly pear… Read More CACTI (part 2)
It is very cool to live in the desert southwest and be introduced to many various xerophytes. These are plants that conserve water and are adapted to arid conditions, they include agaves, yuccas, and cacti. These plants are very different as yuccas and agaves have long fibrous leaves while the cactus generally have sharp leaves… Read More CACTI (part 1)