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Monday, April 18, 2016

Strawberry Pitaya Search

Flowers of Mormon Tea
Because we spotted a single Strawberry Pitaya Cactus flower behind the mountain yesterday I decided to take Becca back there again to see if any others were blossoming.  We were in luck; there were several in various stages of bloom, and, of course, I took numerous photos of the gorgeous flowers.  Strawberry Pitaya are among the most beautiful blossoms in the Chihuahuan Desert.  I can actually remember the first one I ever saw; it was behind the visitor center in the Chisos Mountains at Big Bend National Park.
Slaloming along

Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Plumed Crinklemat

Wooly Paperflower

Prickly Pear flower and buds, the latter looking like Russian minartets

Prickly Pear ice cream cone

Scouting the territory for critters

Soaptree Yucca raising a flower stalk

Trucking along behind Tortugas Mountain

Soon to be in full bloom

Strawberry Pitaya Hedgehog

Strawberry Pitaya flower

Bud and flower of the Strawberry Pitaya

Prickly Pear Cactus flowers

More Strawberry Pitaya

Closeup of the Strawberry Pitaya blossom

Hide of a dead Yucca trunk

Because there's a long way to go . . .

. . . a break is in order

Ocotillo flowers, Tortugas (left) and the Organ Mountains


Dr. K said...

I think your search for the blossoming strawberry pitaya was well worth it; these are beautiful photos.

packrat said...

Thanks, Dr. K. :)

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