Another flower

Flowers are good for nice photos but it’s rare I can really think of any stories to go with them so I guess you’ll just have to settle for the photo.

These are a bit more interesting since they’re in the middle of desert. I have no idea what these are but I do recall taking this shot in Big Bend National Park. Now most of the really big showy displays were opuntia (prickly pear cactus) but this clearly some kind of bush.

The interesting and unexpected thing about Big Bend was you could walk around wherever you wanted which provided lots of opportunity to spot flowers which were usually small and growing close to the ground. But every step you take you need to look down because almost every plant had thorns, some quite nasty.

Actually that has good side-benefit in that unlike following a trail and missing a lot, you wander somewhat aimlessly, trying to avoid the spikes and so happen upon all sorts of interesting plants. As you drive by in a car the desert can look really boring but wandering through slowly and paying attention it’s an amazingly diverse ecosystem.

About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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