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Old Jan 11, 2012, 8:25 PM   #1
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I tried to stick with indigenous flora, and I think these are.

#1 Prickly Pear Cactus "High Five!"



#2 California Poppy "red phase"
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Old Jan 11, 2012, 9:15 PM   #2
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Neat pictures! I'm not sure whether that particular prickly pear is native to California or not though. I know that some are, but that looks very much like one that I photographed yesterday at the botanical garden where I work, and it was marked with a sign saying it was "opuntia tomentosa - Woollyjoint Pricklypear - Mexico and Guatemala". I'm no botanist, but since I was taking pictures with an eye towards posting for the challenge, I was paying attention to the signs for once. Without the signs my total knowledge of cacti is that touching them is generally a very bad idea. Soft and cuddly they are NOT!
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 10:39 AM   #3
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Outstanding! Is that cactus in your yard or in the Joshua Tree park?

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Old Jan 12, 2012, 11:30 AM   #4
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Stunning shot that second one!
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 12:13 PM   #5
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Beautiful shots
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 9:00 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! But mtngal may be right. I found this cactus growing wild in an field on the side of a parking lot and assumed it was indigenous, but it may be a transplant from Mexico!
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Old Jan 13, 2012, 6:15 AM   #7
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Saly,
Challenge doesn't require that the flora be indigenous.
The Hi-5 is very eye-catching. In your second hot the intensity of the color and the variations in shades and texture really stands out especially since there are no easily visible blown highlghts.
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Lol, thanks selvin. "Indigenous" was a self-imposed challenge, to resist the urge to post all of my floral shots
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