Ocotillo in Texas

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.

Big Bend National Park, Texas

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.
Big Bend National Park, Texas

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14 Responses to “Ocotillo in Texas”

  1. John says:

    Lovely shots Anne!

    Really love the colors in the sunset silhouette shot. You did a great job making an otherwise boring and cloudless sky interesting by filling the frame with the Ocotillo. Also love how you were able to keep some color in the foreground, really adds to the overall shot!

    Nice work:)
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    • Hi John, Sorry for the late reply, I have had very limited internet access lately. Thank you very much for your comment on the octillo image. You hit the nail on the head, I was trying to fill the frame with the cactus.

  2. Mark Neal says:

    Great images, Anne. The sunset is my favorite.
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  3. These are beautiful Anne…

    And congratulations about the book, you are doing great :)
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  4. Curt Fleenor says:

    Love the soft light on the cactus in the foreground.
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    • Hi Curt, Sorry for the late reply, I have had very limited internet access lately. Thanks for your comment about the octillo cactus image. I think I used a reflector to bounce some light back into the foreground of that image.

  5. Edith Levy says:

    Wonderful shots Anne. I love the second one. I have downloaded the ebook and plan on sitting down with it tonight. This was a very hectic weekend getting ready for next weekend’s holiday as we have family coming in from out of town.
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    • Hi Edith, Sorry for the late reply, I have had very limited internet access lately. I really hope you got a little free time and that you enjoyed the ebook! We have pretty much been ignorning holidays since we left home. The only difference is the number of people in the parks.

  6. Zhariane says:

    Such a nice place to visit.. :) Thanks for sharing this with us.. I really love the photos! :)

  7. Russ Bishop says:

    Very nice Anne. You can always count on the Ocotillo for spring color even when other annuals aren’t blooming (as in this dry year!)
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