Thursday, July 7, 2011

Magical Moment 518, "Not Flowers, Part I"

I've enjoyed experimenting with our new camera. One of my favorite places to take pictures, is a greenhouse at the park where my husband is a National Park Ranger. The other day, I decided to find beauty in all things not flowers. I never thought much of cacti, but I discovered they can really be quite beautiful. (Click to enlarge)

These slouchers made me laugh.

Not your typical prickly cactus, but soft and fuzzy.

This is what I'm used to.

Looked like this cactus was waiving to me.

There were so many different varieties, and they were all so neat!

I'm not sure why, but this might be my favorite picture of all the cacti.

"A creative person has to create. It doesn't really matter what you create. If such a dancer wanted to go out and build the cactus gardens where he could, in Mexico, let him do that. But something creative has to go on."
 -Katherine Dunham (1909-2006)

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texwisgirl said...

nice macros. :)

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

You do beautiful pics with your new camera! I do love cactus also

Steve Gravano said...

Very interesting cacti photos. I like cactus, they are not as easy to care for as one would think.

Robin Malherbe said...

Those are very cool pics. I must have missed it in a previous post - what camera are you using now?

Leontien said...

Great pictures BUT why is that first one hanging over like that? Is it a special cactus or is it just trying to find the light at the bottom?

And thank you for your super sweet comment on my 4th of July post!


Susan in the Boonies said...

OK, I have to admit: those are HILARIOUS cacti!!!

Linda said...

Lovely photos of a prickly subject, Elizabeth. So what camera ARE you using these days?

Deborah said...

Wonderful ... and I LOVED the slouchers! LOL

Hilary said...

Those are some fine looking cacti and great pics.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love these photos...very artistic. Beauty is indeed everywhere!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Texwisgirl, thank you very much! All the great photography blogs out there are starting to inspire me. :)

Kim, Thank you very much. They do make interesting subjects.

Steve, Really? I always thought cactus were the easiest plant!

Robin, Thank you. The camera is a Canon Power Shot S95.

Leontien, I'm not sure about those 2 slouchy cacti. I think they were just top heavy. Lol.

Susan, they made me laugh as well. :)

Deborah, thank you! As did I!

Hilary, thanks so much. :)

Suz, you're right and thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)