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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Color Carnival, Mellow Yellow Monday and Ruby Tuesday, / Claret Cup Cactus AKA Mojave Mound Cactus in Joshua Tree National Park, California USA

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This is the Claret Cup Cactus AKA Mojave Mound Cactus blooming ever so nicely at Joshua Tree National Park which is about a 2 hour
 drive from my home, and northeast from Palm Springs, California.

We spent our day on several loop trails around the park and found this cactus along our way in many places.
These were found on the Hidden Valley Loop Trail.

There were so many more off the edge of the trail where I chose NOT to venture for the chance of meeting up with a rattlesnake!

We eventually took the Barker Dam Loop Trail...


and found this beauty nestled near the water.


25 comments:

Liz @ MLC said...

They are lovely! Happy MYM.

I played too. Mine is here.

lina@home sweet home said...

Love the colors...
Great captures :)

BLOGitse said...

Interesting how a spiky cactus has really beautiful flowers...

Happy CC greetings from Casablanca!

BLOGitsePHOTOS

KMOYMAMA said...

We rarely see cactus flowers in Japan.They are really beautiful flowers. No flowers without thorns, though.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

claret cup cactus
heart incandescent with tales
of surviving drought

Choose some yellow:
Gold grass
Yellow gum creature!

JOE TODD said...

No deserts in Ohio to explore so thanks for sharing your adventure. I wonder would a Christmas Cactus count?

Daniela said...

Who would have thought a cactus could be so beautiful. I love the bottom one, i´d like to hang it on my wall :)

hip chick said...

What a pretty and bright flower for a cactus.

Sue said...

That is a beautiful cactus. I love it.

Thanks for sharing♥

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow that is a place that I don't expect a beautiful flower to grow. Happy weekdays!

MYM~Cake&Drink
Macro~Antzy
BlueMonday~Blue Jars

Kathy said...

Our deserts are truly ablaze with color. Love the "bouquet" at the water's edge.

P.S. The CAPTCHA for the comment verifiation is "mulared." Rather fitting, don't you think?

life's journey said...

Wow it looks pretty one. happy MYM!

Martha Z said...

Beautiful! We saw some of these plants in Death Valley but they were not yet in bloom. I was wondering what the blooms would look like so I really appreciate this post.
The beaver tail are now in bloom at Death Valley and they were just starting to bloom when we were at Anza Borego. You can't get all the blooms in one trip.

Sharon Wagner said...

That looks like a great place to hike. Hopefully I'll end up there someday.

Haddock said...

Nature's flower arrangement

lisaschaos said...

I love blooming cactus!! And what a pretty location!

Spiderdama said...

Beautiful flowers! I love the last one with the contrast to the rocks:-)

Ebie said...

The brightest reds I have ever seen. I only saw pinks.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, they are beautiful blooms and I love the last scenic photo.

shopannies said...

beautiful I love cactus and have many small plants since I was a child

Johnny Nutcase said...

claret cups are so beautiful. I miss seeing them this year since we aren't in Texas. They would always be the first to bloom. Beautiful shots of them! and i love the last one where they add a burst of color!

Kathiesbirds said...

Simply gorgeous! We spent sunday at the nursery picking out cacti to plant along the side of our house!

Carletta said...

A beautiful vivid red!
I love the last shot - a little oasis. :)

Martha said...

Beautiful! Isn't it ironic how cactus have some of the most beautiful flowers ever? :-)

Linda :) said...

Such pretty cactus!! I hope to visit Joshua Tree National Park some time... :)