desert flora

Something I was really reeeeally excited about when I went out west was seeing cacti. Not the wimpy little half dead things found at the stores around here but REAL LIVE CACTI. I suppose it’s not all that exciting if you’re a desert dweller but to this girl from Northeast Ohio, it was the coolest. One of my favorite memories of trip was just pulling where ever we felt like it, and getting out to take photos. I gravitated toward the plants and, while Jeff shot the beautiful desert landscape. There were a few stretches through Utah, and Arizona where it seemed like we were stopping nearly every twenty minutes or so to take pictures.

There’s a random flower photos up there in the mix (fifth picture down), just because they were beautiful, and I liked the photo. Can anyone identify it for me? I was having a rough time trying to find it online. They smelled SO good!

All of the photos above were taken with a pentax k1000 and Fujifilm 35mm Superia X-TRA 400.

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • I have to agree, there is something really cool about seeing Cacti in the wild. I am from New Jersey, and my parents moved out to southern Utah. I remember visiting the first time and having that weird feeling of "these DO exist!" Tumbleweeds, joshua trees, scorpions, and cacti in the front yard was surreal and cool.

    • Haha! That's funny because on one of our first stops in Utah I spotted a tumbleweed and immediately picked it up in awe. It was SO much heavier than I thought it would be!

  • These are awesome! I few years ago I visited my aunt and uncle in Utah and I got to see a lot of cool plant life out there too! There aren't very many excited plants in the midwest, just flatness and trees so it's nice to see something different once in a while!

  • I was born in Phoenix Arizona so there's nothing strange about cacti to me! Haha, but every now and then I take a moment to really appreciate how beautiful the desert is… On a side note, my fiancé is from the midwest and when we go visit his family I am in awe at how green the grass is over there… and his ants were black, not red… I guess it's the little things that end up amazing us in life isn't it?
    Deanna | Curly Top

  • Even though I was born and raised in AZ (and still live here!), I think cacti are beautiful and also constantly take photos of them, haha. We learned from a super young age to watch out for the "jumpers" (third photo) because they seem to leap right onto your skin or jeans if you get too close! Rattlesnakes, scorpions, cactus…it really is the wild wild West.

    It's hard to tell what those flowers are…hibiscus?

    • Hahah, yeah, I got one of the guys from the third picture stuck on my ankle while we were walking around. That's really funny you call them jumpers, because thats certainly what happened.

  • Cacti have always seemed so mystical to me, I have plenty of tiny potted ones in my home but I was always amazed by the thought of them growing naturally in the wild. I would have totally wigged out seeing them!!