Saturday, 24 June 2017

Pincushion Cacti

A few pincushion cacti were blooming in the undisturbed
prairie near to where I was working today.  When not in
bloom they are mostly hidden under the taller prairie
grass.

The last two photographs show a couple of iridescent
insects busy pollinating the flower.  The tiny fruits
produced are prized by the wild birds and animals.

Photographed on June 24, 2017.

Medicine Hat Alberta

Medicine Hat Alberta

Medicine Hat Alberta

Medicine Hat Alberta

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    1. And to make it even more difficult to find them...the flowers don't open until it's at least 20 degrees C and sunny; they don't open on a cloudy day either.

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  2. Pretty!! I haven't seen any ever either!

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    1. The farthest north I've seen them was Dinosaur Provincial Park.

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