Friday, June 8, 2012

A wolf in sheep's clothing

You can't fool me, cholla cactus.


Just because you get all dressed up for a few weeks out of the year doesn't make you any less evil.


Sure, your bright fuscia blossoms are a welcome pop of color in the pasture,



and the inadvertent landscaping in front of the house never looked so good,



but when it comes right down to it, your prickly spines are still the devil incarnate, and I despise you.




16 comments:

  1. Such a shame that something so evil should also be beautiful. Great shots of it.... and I'm loving the color!

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  2. Gosh, they look like tree peonies! Do the Boys and Lucy eat the flowers? The barbs on the buds look softer.

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  3. Kinda reminds me of "mortal sin" eh!

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  4. The one good thing about the blooms is that there in no inadvertent meeting between cholla and humans or critters for a few weeks.

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  5. Anne Boleyn6/8/12, 6:12 AM

    Another example of things that are alluring that can come back to hurt you!

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  6. Nasty things, chollas. We wacked them all down and burned them. Works.

    But at least yours have fushia colored blooms. Ours have only very pale yellow blooms. Not pretty.

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  7. WOW! Who knew they could be so beautiful!

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  8. The flowers are beautiful!! But guess a cactus is a cactus is a cactus - no matter how lovely it is!

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  9. jone in AZ6/8/12, 6:38 AM

    Cholla teaches us:Always be vigilant, especially wearing open-toed shoes. Always carry tweezers.Dogs can run on three legs. Never wear open-toed shoes.

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  10. Mother nature at her best and the color is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I think a flowering cactus is just gorgeous. Too bad those pickers really hurt if you get too close.

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  12. Totally beautiful for such a nasty plant.

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  13. do the donkeys really eat the entire plant? i love that i can take down trees and give them to our donkey to eat, and she takes care of all the trimmings i cut when i have to cut brush back off fences. mostly birch and ash. she's even taught my horse to eat things he never touched before. have your donkeys taught hank to eat things?

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  14. Wow, they're really quite beautiful. Easy for me to say over here from a safe distance.

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  15. How often it is the beautiful ones who cause so much trouble!

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  16. Very pretty.. from a distance. Someone told me that chollas jump on you. Really?

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