Diamonds in the Rough

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We have a small barrel cactus in our garden and this is the first time it has bloomed. I’ll be following these buds as they progress and open. I was treated to some dappled light through some light overcast and liked this the best. All comments welcome.

Technical Details

Minolta 200mm macro
ISO 400, 1/30 @ f22

Ouch! They look wonderful in their “hostile” environment. I love how the color goes from green to red and look forward to the blooming. How long have you had the cactus? Do they always take this long to bloom? Seems like the plant would need to gather quite a bit of energy to produce these.

Kris: We inherited this from a neighbor who moved a couple of years ago. We had it all last year and it did not bloom. Interesting life cycle.

Ouch is right, Bill, these look like they could do bodily harm. Yet, the buds are beautiful, and I am sure the blooms will be too.

Beautiful, Bill. I like the contrast with the thorns. Given your title, I wonder if you could find a way to photograph this so the thorns are on more even terms visually with the flower buds?

Oh – gorgeous!! I love the rainbow colors and the looming thorns!

I am drooling to see the blooms! There is something so special about the delicacy of cactus flowers, and doubly so because of the rugged plant they grow from.