A small garden in the English style, set in the wilds of the northern Sonora Desert...
Nice--I really like the detailed stamens/stigma against the blurred plant.
Thank you, Hollis! It was one of those times where I couldn't tell which focus point would be best, so had to shoot with different ones and find out what worked when I saw the pics on the screen!
Cacti produce some of the nicest flowers!
They really do, Kris - I'm getting hooked... ;-)
Pain and pleasure all in one plant!
Ha ha, Brian! I'm getting a different perspective on that these days, I must admit! This one does rather less damage than most of my roses, since the spines are actually pretty pliable.
The most beautiful photograph - You gave such softness to a prickly plant!
Thanks so much, Kate! I guess I actually feel that way about this particular cactus; the spines are fairly flexible (in fact, they emit a vibratory hum if one rubs a finger down the side of it), and they don't seem to represent much of a threat ;-)