Posts Tagged ‘cactus’

A Secret Oasis of Barrel Cacti

Barrel cacti in Nevada by Anne McKinnell

Somewhere off the beaten track in middle of nowhere, Nevada, I saw an interesting rock outcropping in the distance. “Let’s go explore!” I said to Ray. I could see the look in his eyes. “Long Pants!” I exclaimed. So we donned our long pants and set off amongst the prickly pear cactus, the teddy bear […]

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The Organ Pipe Cactus

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, by Anne McKinnell

I like going to new places. Of course, there are favourite spots from previous trips that are impossible to drive past, places I could visit again and again like Joshua Tree National Park. But as much as possible I like to discover new things, blaze new trails, and explore places previous unexplored (at least by […]

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Gila Woodpeckers and Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro Cactus Birds Nest by Anne McKinnell

I always see Gila Woodpeckers on the Saguaros everywhere we go in Arizona. I don’t know how they manage to perch themselves against so many spiny needles! You even see them standing on the very top of the cactus as if they are smooth telephone poles. Believe me, they are anything but smooth! Please click […]

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Ocotillo Abstract

Ocotillo Abstract by Anne McKinnell

At our BLM campsite in Gunsight Wash, near Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona, it was one of those sunsets where there is just a tiny strip of colour next to the horizon. To make the most of it, I decided to use my telephoto lens so the colours would fill the frame and then I […]

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The Lush Desert in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona, by Anne McKinnell

Last year we missed visiting Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, during our snowbird season. It lies in southern Arizona right against the border with Mexico. We weren’t too sure about it since we had been warned that there are lots of “illegals” crossing the border there and it can be dangerous. After doing some […]

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Last Light on Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro cactus at sunset by Anne McKinnell

On one of our first nights visiting Organ Pipe National Monument in Arizona some clouds rolled in. It was quite unusual! So Ray and I drove into the park and found an area with lots of Saguaros to photograph. There are actually more Saguaros here than in Saguaro National Park! The light was grey, but […]

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Chain Fruit Cholla

Chain Fruit Cholla by Anne McKinnell

A cactus can be hard to photograph. Usually when I am photographing anything I am looking for a good graphic design, interesting lines and textures, and a clean background. With a cactus, you have the textures covered, but often the lines are anything but uniform and the background is often full of scrubby brush that […]

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Cholla Cactus Garden

Cholla Cactus Garden by Anne McKinnell

One of the most interesting features of Joshua Tree National Park in California is the Cholla Cactus Garden. But, it is really hard to get a good composition here. At least that’s what I found. I was disappointed with the photos I made here last year, so this year I was determined not only to […]

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Somewhere near Yaqui Well Nature Trail

Somewhere near Yaqui Well Nature Trail, Anza Borrego State Park, California

Dental Update Teeth are just a bad design don’t you think? You may recall that last year I went to Mexico to get 8 crowns done. Well it turns out that half of them weren’t quite right and I just returned and got 4 of them done again. I wouldn’t necessarily call that bad though […]

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Cactus Forest in Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park by Anne McKinnell

This winter we are trying to visit the National Parks in the southwest that we missed last year so, after our visit to San Diego, we decided to head over to Saguaro National Park in Arizona. The park is divided into two separate sections with the city of Tucson and it’s one million residents in […]

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Balboa Park, San Diego

Museum of Man, Balboa Park by Anne McKinnell

During my visit to San Diego, I spent one afternoon at the beautiful Balboa Park, which is known for the famous San Diego Zoo, but there are also tons of other things to see in the huge 1200 acre park. Since I only had a few hours I decided not to go in any of […]

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The Prickly Pear, Texas

Big Bend National Park, Texas

If there is one reason to wear long pants when you hike in the desert, it’s the prickly pear. They are everywhere and their spikes are very long and sharp. I cannot count the number of times I have been concentrating on making an image and I go to move my tripod just a little […]

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Ocotillo in Texas

Big Bend National Park, 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 – […]

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