The cactus of the high desert is a small grubby, obscure and humble vegetable associated with cattle dung and overgrazing, interesting only when you tangle with it the wrong way. Yet from this nest of thorns, this snare of hooks and fiery spines, is born once each year a splendid flower. It is unpluckable and except to an insect almost unapproachable, yet soft, lovely, sweet, desirable, exemplifying better than the rose among thorns the unity of opposites.  Edward Abbey

Photo Pat Jette

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6 Responses to DESERT WEEK

  1. Barbara Estinson says:

    Neat photo and quote! The cactus flower is really pretty.

  2. Jesse says:

    I didn’t know a cactus had flowers, especially that colorful.

  3. Kathy says:

    What a beautiful and perfect illustration of the quote! The combination – photo plus quote – sends my thoughts in a thousand directions!

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