Saturday, June 14, 2008

Paradise Lives...

...all around us
The closer we look...
...the more we see
Click on photos to enlarge - © 2008 jim otterstrom

A vivid Beaver-Tail Cactus-Flower (Opuntia basilaris) caught my fancy today, in the soft-filtered afternoon light, revealing ever more sensual beauty as I moved in closer with my camera to discover that I wasn't the only one intoxicated by the attractive powers of this stunning display.

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Blogger robin andrea said...

That's a beautiful flower and a lovely surprise at its center. Great colors!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Mysti said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love how you see things with an eye for detail... even the small surprises that come your way.

It makes my day every time you have a new post. :)

5:44 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Bee-autiful photos!

3:43 PM  
Blogger Linda Navroth said...

Nice collection 'o pollen on that bee's legs, too!

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful flora my friend, really enjoyed these.. good to see you posting:)

(will answer email soon!)

Cindy- who always forgets her blogger password ;/

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your work. And, a born and bred city person I admire the way you and your wife live and appreciate the artistry you both create.

The sensuality of nature in these photos is beautiful. What I really enjoyed in the top picture is buddha (catti) with the lotus and the waters of life (driftwood)
I just love it.
Thank you.

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a similar plant out our way called prickly pear, but the flowers are yellow.

12:00 PM  

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