These are the strikingly beautiful flowers of the Jumping Cholla Cactus. When I first came to Tucson, it was explained to me that this cactus is so named because it seems to jump at you to stick you with its thorns. The thorns have a nasty fish hook kind of barb on the end which makes it painful to pull them out. All the more reason that I was surprised to see their gorgeous flowers.
The other thing which struck me when I first came to the Sonoran Desert was that cactus flowers like this one have a waxy coating which helps hold in the moisture. Nature is so ingenious! When I first came to Aumega House, Jon had some of these cactus outside his kitchen window. He could look at their blooms while he washed dishes, and pointed them out to me. He suggested that I should take some time to absorb their color. That was my initiation into his ideas around the healing influence of color. Combine such inspiring color with the delicate form of the flowers, and we have a true Divine gift.
Last year, when I started taking photos of our spring flowers; I missed the Jumping Cholla. I have waited all year to be able to take these pictures. The cacti along our front fence, gave us a profusion of blossoms this year for the first time; so my wait was rewarded.
These are "extracted" images, and I will begin to use them to create various designs in combination with other images, but I wanted to share my enthusiasm for these with you as soon as possible. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.