I Wish Cacti Were Weeds

Prickly and Pretty

On a recent trip to the Mojave Desert, I marveled at all the life surviving the harsh conditions. Each plant hangs on stubbornly to its own patch of the sand. The lucky ones get a bit of shade, and they look more lush than their full sun cousins. I imagine there might be some jealous feelings cultivated there.

I struggled with myself, and my strict assignment to photograph and post pictures of weeds, as I admired the striking shapes and textures of the native cacti. But I could not allow myself to call them weeds. Even if they grow where they are unwanted, their identity is too strong to be anything other than cacti. So I spent a lot of time searching for a “weed” next to a cactus. And here we are…”Prickly and Pretty”. Thank you desert!

Please come back tomorrow for a new “Weed Image of the Day” and let me know which ones you like. If my photo inspires within you a story or mood, please share it!

We and our weeds are so much more than what we first appear to be.

This entry was published on February 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm. It’s filed under Desert, Flower, Nature, Photography, Project 365, Weeds and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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