Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gorgeous Pink Cactus Flowers and Buds

I really enjoy seeing all of the cactus in bloom in the Spring. These cactus flowers and buds were so colorful.

The flowers look like they are made of tissue paper. 

It is starting to get hot in Arizona, which means no more cactus flowers, except for night blooming cactus. You must go out under the moonlight to enjoy night bloomers.

This cactus is called Opuntia basilaris, but is also known as the Beavertail Prickly Pear Cactus.

23 comments:

Babooshka said...

Cacti always floors me with just how pretty they can be.

Rambling Round said...

I didn't know cactus had such big, bright blooms!

Jim said...

They are very colorful.

Olivier said...

elles sont très belles et tu as raison, elles ressemblent a des fleurs de papier.

they are very beautiful and you're right, they look like paper flowers.

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello Julie!
I have never seen so beautiful cactus flower like in this picture! Even I could not imagine it! Great shot!
I love "pink"!
;-) Léia

mo'ikeha said...

Gold donates vanity, friendship and life, are donated by blossoms.

Weatherwise, it's getting summer here to, with midday reaching low 90s F - really miss German rain...

Sharon said...

Beautiful flowers all clustered together. Isn't the desert wonderful this time of year?

brattcat said...

Beautiful composition, Julie.

Kate said...

I am always amazed at the variety and beauty of the flowers that various cacti are able to produce. This one is indeed lovely.

James said...

I used to have a few cactus plants but they were never as beautiful as this one.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

How fortunate that Mother Nature has timed cacti to bloom in Spring, when it it delightful outside, rather than in summer, when it would be hot to go outside and photograph the cactus flowers.

It would have been even more considerate for Mother Nature to give Arizona its Spring time temperatures all year round.

Jacob said...

That was the one negative thing about the blooming desert: it meant summer was coming and all that heat!

These are gorgeous flowers like so many others you have shown us.

Have a wonderful day!

Prospero said...

I like the unopened buds too. Beautiful.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

So beautiful! A cactus in bloom is always a pleasure to the eye.

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Frankie / Nick said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Joy said...

Oh Julie! That's the most beautiful cactus ever!

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pasadenaadjacent said...

wish we got pink cactus flowers in LA. We get the yellow on prickly pear and white on the stove hat cactus

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I think the desert is amazing in bloom!

Don and Krise said...

I sure hope you manage to post some night bloom shots. This is beautiful.

josé luis said...

As always the cactus flowers are soo pretty.

Marie-Noyale said...

I learned again something today.. I thought Cacti flowered all summer!
The commentaries on your posts are always interesting.

JM said...

Prickly pears are also blooming here, but I've only seen orange flowers.

Glennis said...

Very pretty cacti flowers.

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