Home is Where You Make It

I’m always impressed by the tenacity of plant life in the desert, especially cacti. As I was making my way down a rocky hillside near Lake Pleasant yesterday afternoon, a flash of color caught my eye. Growing from a vertical crack in the side of a large boulder was a Hedgehog cactus. It’s bright magenta flowers and long amber spines were almost glowing in the late afternoon sun. The Hedgehog is a small cactus, usually only a foot high. It’s the first cactus to bloom in the spring–and a particularly welcome sight on this Sunday afternoon. Low rainfall totals over the past few months mean that this spring’s desert wildflower bloom will probably be rather weak.

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