Category Archives: Cactus

Old Man Cactus Potential Flowers: FOTD March 20, 2023

I can’t help it. I know it is breaking the rules, but I love this photo so I have to post this closeup of my Old Man Cactus.  One day those little spiky (mostly hidden) sharper spikes that the hairs grow from might turn into flowers, so this is a preview.

For Cee’s FOTD

Old Man Cactus: FOTD Mar 16, 2023

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The hairs on the Old Man Cactus are modified spines and serve to protect the plant from frost and sun by reflecting the rays of the sun and insulating the cactus from heat and cold.  The hairs are only the radial spines of the cactus; beneath them are sharp yellow central spines. The solitary, nocturnal flowers are red, yellow, or white, though the plant may not flower for 10 or 20 years.  Since I don’t know if I’ll be around that long, I’m going to share these photos of these flower guardians which are as beautiful as flowers in my estimation!.

See Cee’s lovely tulip cluster  with lots of real flowers HERE.

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Here are shots of the entire plants. Don’t get excited. What looks like a flower is actually a bird of paradise flower peeking out from behind the cactus. We will have to wait at least 10 years for these ladies to bloom.


Tuesdays of Texture 31 and WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Textures

jdbphotos   Please click on one to enlarge all.

Cactus Clock–– Macro Challenge, Week 5, Plants and Flowers

This is a second try at the macro theme since I didn’t notice that the subject was plants and flowers for  Musin with Susan’s macro challenge. Hope it isn’t too late.  I’ve been doing a lot wrong lately. I think too much on the agenda.


This was shot with y Canon PowerShot SX710 HS, iso 400, 10.99 mm f/4 1/400


I think the little ants on  each oval around the circle make it look a bit like a clock, with them being the numbers.