Prickly pear cactus in bloom.

By Nic Lindh | Sunday, 30 March 2014 | FacebookTwitter

Desert rose

Flowering cactuses are a beautiful sight.

Most of the year Phoenix is a sun-blasted, bleak moonscape wilting in a heat that actively tries to kill everything living.

But March, ah, March is fantastic, with eternal shorts-and-t-shirt temperature and the flowering of the cactuses. It’s wonderful to see these tanks of the flora open up to sprout bright flowers for just a few days.

You can watch the picture above and many more in high resolution in my Sonoran Yard Flickr set.

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