Colorado National Monument

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Shane
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Colorado National Monument

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Here's another installment of my cactus habitat pictures. This time, here are some from Colorado National Monument, Colorado. I visited in 2015 when I wasn't really into cacti yet. I was pretty impressed by the fields of Opuntia blooms though, and I think seeing this contributed to me later becoming interested in cacti. Unfortunately, these pictures were taken by a pretty old (even by 2015 standards) phone, so the quality is low. But still worth sharing I think. If you're ever in Western Colorado, Colorado NM is definitely worth a stop
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Independence Monument (above)
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And now for some cacti:
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Yellow flowering Opuntia. If anyone knows the species, please comment
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More yellow Opuntia flowers (above)
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Rain (above)
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Evening (above)
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Slumped cliff wall (above and below)
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Apparently it fell slowly over time, not all at once
(below) Some pink flower Opuntia, with mormon tea (Ephedra). I've had the tea, it's not bad
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(above) If this looks familiar, it's because a cropped version is my profile pic
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A bit more scenery:
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(above) Locals enjoying the cacti
(below) More Opuntia:
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These lizards were everywhere:
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Los Angeles, California (USA)
Zone 10b (yearly minimum temperature 1-5° C)

Fishhook cacti are like cats, they only like to be petted in one direction
Dave Adams
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Re: Colorado National Monument

Post by Dave Adams »

Thanks for sharing these pics with us all Shane, what fantastic landscape, nice flowers, I love the pic with the lizard too. Way different to good old British landscape.
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