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Desert Plants

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 27 January 2010 in Plant & Nature.

These desert plants, Ocotillo and Prickly Pear, growing above the river, remind us how desert like this area can be. The Ocotillo, the plant with the long spindly stems, is quite interesting. The stems here are covered with small green leaves. If conditions become too dry, the leaves all dry up and fall off to conserve moisture. When water becomes more plentiful, the leaves grow again. If it's spring or summer, the plant will also bloom.

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Céline from New York City, United States

Nice capture !

27 Jan 2010 6:07am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

la vie est partout, même dans le désert. Je connais bien le désert autour de Los Angeles et j'y ai photographié des fleurs de cactus absolument magnifiques ainsi que dans le Colorado

27 Jan 2010 7:02am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice composition with different sort of desert plants. Really like this serie Steve... and like the place...

27 Jan 2010 7:13am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Love the cactus, great shot!

27 Jan 2010 7:23am

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

Joli détails ! Bonne journée.

27 Jan 2010 7:37am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Nicely presented and a very interesting shot to see. Excellent.

27 Jan 2010 8:21am

PATRICK from miramas, France

very nice capture

27 Jan 2010 8:48am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great shot..

27 Jan 2010 9:13am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Nice image

27 Jan 2010 9:52am

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

very green for the desert!

27 Jan 2010 1:14pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Great groundscape, nice detail. I like the angle of this look around.

27 Jan 2010 1:37pm

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

thank for the intersting information ;-)

27 Jan 2010 2:50pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

it looks so lonely and yet so fulfilled ;-)

27 Jan 2010 3:19pm

missparis from PARIS, France

Attention aux cactus, ça piquent...

27 Jan 2010 3:27pm

Vanilla Wine from United States

nice color

27 Jan 2010 3:43pm

don from spokane, United States

An interesting post for the fine picture and your explanation of how it grows and handles drought.

27 Jan 2010 4:31pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Excellent POV. Wonderful detail.

27 Jan 2010 5:13pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent detail - I like the vignette

27 Jan 2010 5:47pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

This is nice focus

27 Jan 2010 7:16pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very interesting with this huge vignetting

27 Jan 2010 7:51pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

This scenery is not what I first think of by a desert....what a varity of (smart) vegetation!
The ocotillo is a beautiful green fountain:-)
Very interesting capture!

27 Jan 2010 8:35pm

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

des plantes grasses et la rivière qui plonge vers des abimes qui se dessinent, j'aime cet aspect vertigineux que donne la plongée vers l'eau verte.

27 Jan 2010 10:45pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Like peeping through the window of the train to a nature that is so wild and yet so beautiful.

28 Jan 2010 1:27am

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

an excellent image of these two cactii. We saw both of these when we travelled to Texas many years ago. In fact the Ocotillo were in bloom at the time; there had been a rain before or so the locals told us.

28 Jan 2010 2:52am

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

This is a closeup of yesterday's plant? Very unique and well detailed here.

28 Jan 2010 3:05am

@Self-Indulgence: Yes, it is.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Thank you for the info on the ocotillo. The vignetting adds a nice touch. Surprisingly, prickly pear grows here and survives. I thought it was too cold of a climate here to survive.

28 Jan 2010 6:37am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Nice image with intersting tones

28 Jan 2010 11:25pm

Diana from United States

like the view

31 Jan 2010 9:28pm