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05-04-2010, 01:24 PM
Here’s some shots of the cactus flowers on my land. It’s mostly just the prickly pear and cholla right now. Some other types have already finished blooming and others are still yet to come. That one with the red flower is the Staghorn cholla. It’s the one I use for knife handles.

The weather here has been great lately, In the 70s, (way below the average temp.,) for this time of year, and we’ve had some nice spring rain! It won’t be long before we hit 100 so, I’m trying to enjoy it while it lasts… but maybe it means we’re in for a cooler greener summer this year.

I hope! cool 1








05-04-2010, 01:35 PM
Nice Tai. prickly pairs are good eatin2thumbs

Raymond Richard
05-04-2010, 03:58 PM
Tai, Thanks for taking the pictures! Hard to believe what I saw just a few months ago has changed so much. Good pictures to.

05-04-2010, 06:10 PM
Sweet Tai2thumbs Wait no peyote?:p

05-13-2010, 01:09 PM
Mourning dove, chicks in a blossoming cholla:





"How can u just leave me standing?
Alone in a world so cold? (World so cold)
Maybe I'm just 2 demanding
Maybe I'm just like my father 2 bold
Maybe you're just like my mother
She's never satisfied (She's never satisfied)
Why do we scream at each other
This is what it sounds like...

"When doves cry"


Raymond Richard
05-15-2010, 02:00 PM
Tai, Is it pretty normal to see bird nest that low to the ground where you live?

I spotted a couple morning doves about a month ago that acted like were looking for a place to nest close to our house. Pretty rare bird for around here. Haven't seen them since.

05-15-2010, 03:32 PM
Nice pics looks like a great spring in the Sonoran desert. Thanks for sharing Tai.

Denny Eller
05-15-2010, 06:24 PM
Beautiful pictures, sir. I used to live near Sedona and truly miss the desert in bloom.

05-16-2010, 11:53 AM
Morning doves quite often nest low or on the ground. Beautiful pictures!!

05-17-2010, 07:37 AM
Ray, yes it is pretty normal to see nests that low in the cactus.

Eli Gautreaux
05-17-2010, 07:32 PM
That surprises me too, guess the cactus is the protection from the coyotes?

Great pictures Tai, beautiful stuff...

05-18-2010, 07:11 AM
Yes, the cactus do offer some protection, but it's not fool proof. Different types of predators still get them. The Jumping cactus cholla offer the most protection, but these little chicks are in a staghorn... not sure how good their chances really are. The problem with nesting in the jumping cactus (another type of cholla) is that they are very dangerous, and the birds often get injured by them. The rats out here pile pieces of the jumping cactus around the opening to their burrows and nests. I always wondered how the transported the cactus pieces, until I saw one actually doing it. Much to my surprise they stand up on their hind legs and carry it with their two front legs... not sure how they keep from getting it stuck on them though.

06-25-2010, 05:35 PM
I would love to come down for a visit and a hammrin' tutorial one day:)

06-27-2010, 06:58 AM
I'd love that too Lorien. :)

07-04-2010, 10:34 AM
sweet, I'm going to make that happen somehow. I'll keep in touch:)