Sunday, April 14, 2013

Cardon Bloom


I've posted photos of the cardon cactus before.  It's the giant in the cactus world native to northwestern Mexico.  The blooms of this cactus are very similar to the saguaro blooms except for those fuzzy stems.

The bloom above was located pretty high up so thank goodness for the telephoto lens.  The photo to the left lets you see the whole cactus and the flower is just about in the center of the photo.

I noticed after downloading the photo that I happened to catch a fly sitting just above the bloom.  That is one great telephoto lens.

15 comments:

Andy said...

This flower is beautiful. They never showed the cactus flowers in any John Wayne movies.

Stefan Jansson said...

They sure are impressive. Nice work with the zoom lens.

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderful delicate details!

Lowell said...

Be proud! And you took this with a long lens? Wow! Fantastic. Sharp. Gorgeous bloom!

brattcat said...

a great lens indeed. and the photographer's not bad either.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

They call cacti cardon in Argentina as well. There is even a chain of stores in Argentina that is called Cardon and that features a cactus for their logo.

Judy said...

That is a stunning flower and will be a good draw for many pollinators.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Brilliant shot Sharon, don't you love itwhen you get that little bit extra in a shot! What an exotic bloom, do they have a strong aroma?

JM said...

Amazing flower! I think I've never seen it before. However, I think I might have this species at home which is about 10 years old now, so I just have to wait... maybe 120 years more to see it bloom! :-)

Birdman said...

What different looking blossoms in the desert.

RedPat said...

Lovely flower! You don't have to move too far to get a lot of great pics with that lens. Maybe not even out of the car!

Kathy said...

Beautiful!

Randy said...

Those are such beautiful flowers.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

What a creation of a beauty........this bloom is a miracle. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Kate said...

Great capture of the fly. A beautiful bloom and a beautiful lens too!