Continuing on the Road to Carlsbad Caverns

May 20, 2007

We only made it a few hundred yards further along the road when I just had to stop again. There was this intriguing trail up the hillside with lots of blooms showing.

At right is a look back up the highway we had just traveled. This interesting salmon colored flower was right at the entrance to this area.

How could you resist going up a trail like this?
We saw this flower in abundance out in open areas at some locations. The leaves were similar to holly leaves.
Edgar out on the trail. 84 years young and still exploring.
The beauty of the trio above holds up no matter how closely you examine them. I was just mesmerized by the beauty of the blooms.
Further up the hill there was an entirely different kind of cactus with a dramatic rose-colored bloom. It was like a clump of smaller egg-shaped cacti, and the collection reminded me of a coral head.
The view above was on my trail to the top to photograph the rose colored blooms above. They were right at the top of the bluff shown in the photo at left.

The long thin arms of the plant above right reminded me of the soft coral we often see when scuba diving. It is interesting to find paralllels to things in the sea.

I found it interesting that the flower shown at right would be growing among the cactus. It looks like it would require a lot of water. Perhaps it just grows when you have had good springtime rains like we have just had.

Fragile beauty among all these thorns!

I would have been happy to spend the rest of the day up here among the cactus flowers, but the others were waiting at the car so I headed down the hill.
Continue on the road to Carlsbad Caverns

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