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 got behind an Ocotillo cactus and used its spiny stems to make an interesting graphic design … [Read more...]

Ocotillo in California’s Colorado Desert

Ocotillo in the Colorado Desert, California, by Anne McKinnell

I love these Ocotillos that decorate California's Colorado Desert. They have such strong shapes for photography, and when they flower they have beautiful red tips on their green stems. This is a pretty typical scene in the Colorado Desert, which encompasses about 7 million acres and is a low-elevation desert with warm winter temperatures, making it perfect for us … [Read more...]

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 - you don't want to get too close! The stems are 10-15 feet tall and the spines are about … [Read more...]