This week I want to show you some of the interesting cacti I came across while in Big Bend National Park in Texas.
This first one is an Octillo (although technically it isn’t a cactus but we’re not being that picky, right?). It looks like a cactus and it has those similar sharp spines – you don’t want to get too close! The stems are 10-15 feet tall and the spines are about 1.5 inches long. The flowers can be used to make a herbal tea and the stems are used as a fencing material and can even be a living fence.
This image with the canyon in the background screams southwest to me. I made a lightened vignette on it to lessen the messy plants in the foreground and draw your eye into the centre of the image.
I made the image below at sunset. Exposing for the sky, the ocotillo became a silhouette but the prickly pear in the foreground still has some colour. This one didn’t require any special processing, just the usual colour balance and contrast.
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