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Monday, April 25, 2016

Blooming all Over the Mountain

A flower bud on a Night Blooming Cereus (a plant that blooms once a year)
Becca seemed better this morning so I took her for a short hike along the west side of Tortugas Mountain and up into the high foothills, where Strawberry Pitaya Cacti were blooming everywhere.  I have absolutely never seen so many Pitaya blossoming in the northern Chihuahuan Desert before.  I can only think that the heavy snow we had in December provided an abundance of much-needed moisture, which translated into a spring season heavily populated with beautiful wildflowers.
Becca is feeling better this morning

This and all other pink flowers:  Strawberry Pitaya Cactus

Whitethorn Acacia, one of the sweetest-smelling flowers in the desert

Prickly Pear Cactus

Plumed Crinklemat


In the high foothills


Dr. K said...

Those are beautiful photos of the strawberry pitaya, Packrat. And we're both feeling happier because Becca is better.

packrat said...

Yes and yes, Dr. K. :)

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