This is a cactus flower. I took this in early June at Canyon Lands National Park. The cactus only blooms for a few weeks, but can paint a desert in yellow and red hues.
It’s that time of year in Colorado when the desert areas become bright with cactus blooms. I found this grouping of cacti while riding my bike on the south side of Colorado Springs.
These beautiful cactus flowers in Canyonlands National Park seem to grow in opposition to their spiny counterparts on a prickly pear cactus .
I love desert cactus blooms. There is something so intriguing about this beautiful delicate flower growing from a plant that is so rugged and built to survive a harsh environment. I found this pair of blooms on the trail to Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park.
The Prickly Pear Cactus is built to survive in harsh desert climates, but is capable of producing the most beautiful flowers. These flowers paint the desert in yellow and pink every Spring.
Sometimes I find it hard to decide between two photos as to which is better. I posted the Huatulco Cliffs picture in April, but, even though this picture is very similar, I thought the cactus made it different enough to deserve its own post. I hope you agree.
It is amazing how many flowers can grow on a single Cactus leaf. Here there are four flower pods preparing to bloom, but I have seen as many as six on a single leaf.