Touring Big Bend National Park, TX  Part II

Umm, finally, a blooming cactus.

Looks like a rope to me.  What does it look like to you?

Probably as much of a flower as it gets.

A cactus with lots of buds.

I was amazed at the number of buds and their closeness to each other.  Found a cactus in bloom the very next day.  Wow!

Dead sticks with flowers at the tips, why?  Jennifer (San Jose, CA) and Iris (Los Gatos, CA) correctly identified these "dead" sticks as Ocotillo,which is not a true cactus. Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), normally have leaves around the stem or branch but since this area just had a severe drought for several years, they apparently dropped all of their leaves to conserve moisture.  Now the rain is reviving them, possibly.  At the very least, they are producing flowers and hopefully seeds to make a new generation.

Prickly Cucumbers?

On the "Maverick" dirt road, a short cut to a nearby town, a bottle brush for Paul Bunyun.

Sometimes nature mimics the human anatomy, or maybe it's a guy's imagination, run amuck.

The remnants of an adobe farm house, circa. late 1800s.  (Pre Home Depot.)

An early Lego kit.

Crossing a small stream (flowing into the Rio Grande) in order to reach the trail touring the canyon shown in the previous write up photo.

Tourists, hiking and touring the canyon after crossing a small stream as shown in the previous photo.

As viewed from afar, click on the photo for a high res version.

All photos were taken with a Canon EOS 5D MKii camera body and a 100 to 400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L IS telephoto zoom lens as well as a wide angle zoom: 24-105mm L IS 1:4 USM lens.


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