Claret Cup Blossoms

407. Cactus

Cactus at Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix

I love the desert in spring when many of the cactus are in bloom. In spring the desert is green with life, and filled with bright flowers–white yucca, pink or yellow cholla, yellow prickly pear. And giant white blossoms on the handsome saguaro.

So different from the spring gardens in Wisconsin, and they are so beautiful in their own wonderful way.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. This is what I photographed a few weeks ago in Austin.

  2. That is a wonderful capture of cactus blossoms!

  3. What a great photo. I’m still waiting on mine to bloom. No sign at all of even putting on buds. Last year, it had nine flowers open all at the same time.

  4. What gorgeous colors. Have never seen the desert in spring bloom!!!

  5. morningjoy says:

    Those blooms are the most lovely dusty rose color. How can something so delicate grow on such a prickly plant?

    By the way, I’m another teardrop admirer. My husband and I would love to have one.

  6. wonderful color

  7. They really are. Beautiful, i mean.

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