One-Day Red Cactus Flowers

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I found these beautiful cactus flowers today on our walk around the park. I think these are the kind that are open for only one day, but I will check tomorrow to be sure. I didn’t have my camera with me today; just my ancient iPhone 4, with only a view screen that is nearly unusable in the bright sunlight. I didn’t get as much of the plant as I had hoped because I truly did “point and shoot” in the direction of the flowers without really being able to see what I was getting.

So tomorrow I will take my real camera on the chance that I am mistaken about their longevity. Meanwhile enjoy this really pleasant shade of deep rose! ;->

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About judilyn

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15 Responses to One-Day Red Cactus Flowers

  1. Shirley Nordenberg says:

    I love the cactus flowers ! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Craig says:

    Too bad all point and shoot shots aren’t as nice as this one. Well done!

  3. taphian says:

    wonderful flowers, Judie. Do you eat cactus fruits, too? Virtual hugs Mitza

    • judilyn says:

      No! But I should probably try them. There will be hundreds of them on the plant in our front yard in about a month!

      • taphian says:

        yes, try them, but be careful picking them and cutting them. But they are really delicious and are supposed to be very healthy. By the way, we bought such a cactus without thorns.

      • judilyn says:

        The little fruits on ours have very fine stickers on them. They are invisible until they are causing pain. After one such encounter, I learned to keep my distance. I know the native people ate them, so there must be a way to deal with them.

      • taphian says:

        Don’t eat the wrong ones! I mean the fig opuntia fruits. They are quite big and orange. You stick a fork inside and then you can peel them easily. Only pick them with thick leather gloves.

      • judilyn says:

        Ours are from a prickly pear cactus and deep purple when ripe. Here is an interesting article. Except for the September ripening aspect, it sounds like our plant.

        http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/how-to-eat-cactus-zmaz84zloeck.aspx?PageId=2#ArticleContent

      • taphian says:

        thanks for the link. was very interesting. Just look at the photos in Wikipedia under fig opuntia. There you can see it. There is a smaller kind of cactus which has dark red fruits and I think this is not very tasty. We have that in Greece, too, but never eat it only the big orange fruits.

  4. Lucy says:

    Cactus flowers… I always find it strange. First they try to kill you, and then they offer you flowers hahah. They look amazing though! I’m sure it was nice to see them in your area. Thank you for sharing! Hugs

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