Cacti are ubiquitous in the southwest. So, I’m sharing a few photos that feature them. New Mexico includes a portion of the Chihuahuan Desert which is home to numerous cactus views.
There are many types with different colors, shapes, and sizes. I know some names, but not all the variations. For instance, Prickly Pear has at least 12 species, and Cholla has over 20. One needs a reference book to keep track.
Colors can include blue, orange, silver, purple and many shades of green. Shapes include pads, barrels, stalks, branches, and others. Some are as small as 3 inches, and others can reach 7 feet tall.
Cacti are used as landscaping, medicines, foods and drinks. Most have short or long spines, but some don’t have any. These come as spikes, bristles, needles, or are hair-like; and they can be straight, flat, round, curved, or hooked.
Their blooms also come in a large array of colors. One must be careful to avoid their spines; so, stay clear. Yet, they are beautiful to behold.
Camp: Friend’s Place