We took off on a road trip to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument to find what Spring was presenting down on the Mexican border. We hoped some wild flowers would be out and that some of the cacti would be in bloom. My friend had come in from Chicago where some of the highs this Winter reached -2 degrees and she was looking forward to sunshine and warmer weather.
|A male Gila Woodpecker does his best with an Organ Pipe Cactus. His preference is|
the Saguaro. At Organ Pipe he's about midway in his range between northern Mexico
and the Southern parts of California, Arizona and New Mexico.
|Staghorn Cholla in it's prime. The plant sets these flowers continuously over several |
weeks taking advantage of whatever pollinators are around. Flower color is variable,
ranging from yellow to red.
|This Staghorn Cholla has bloomed a few days ahead of its three buds. Together they will make a splendid picture for any photographer wandering Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.|
|The Hedgehog cactus is an old friend that keeps coming back season after season. Maybe I look at them this way because it's an early bloomer in the Sonoran Desert and signals that Summer is close and other cacti are about to flower, as well.|