Buckhorn Cholla flower with Teddy Bear cholla backlit - McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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    This is a Buckhorn Cholla blooming on the Sunrise Peak Trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale.

    Teddy Bear cholla is backlit in the background

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    cholla blossom bloom

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    1. Al_HikesAZ 71 months ago | reply

      Paul, SWG, Mark and Norm - thanks for the rapid, favorable response. This was quite a treat finding these. I had forgotten how orange these Buckhorn cholla flowers can be.

      Norm - I've taken a few Teddy Bears home with me over the years. They definitely are cuddly.

      I've been away in Northern AZ for the last few days. Probably the last night I'll spend at 26°F for a while. Now I hope to catch up with everyone and post some wildlife photos.

    2. Bruce Eastman [deleted] 71 months ago | reply


    3. JaneJHJ [deleted] 71 months ago | reply


    4. oybay© 71 months ago | reply

      Terrific bokeh. Wonderful colors.

    5. Robinsegg 71 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot!

    6. James Marvin Phelps 71 months ago | reply

      Stunning detail and color, great shot!

    7. DJuniorFan 71 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot, Al!

    8. jhaskellus 71 months ago | reply

      I love the subtle red details in the pedals. Great photo, Al.

    9. DanielEwert 71 months ago | reply

      These must have been beautiful to see. Excellent shot.

    10. Buck--Fever 71 months ago | reply

      very nice, very very nice

    11. Schooksonruss 71 months ago | reply

      a beautiful SW image Al!

    12. irinsmith 71 months ago | reply

      Al, this is gorgeous....magazine ready..

    13. gus45colt 71 months ago | reply

      Awesome Shots Award
      (post 1 invite 1 award 3)

    14. rdng tchr 71 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot...send it off to National Geographic! ;-)

    15. PaPa PDL 71 months ago | reply

      Nice. I haven't had time this year to get out on the trail. Anywhere.

    16. Peem (pattpoom) 71 months ago | reply


      Seen in *Flowers&Colors* group.
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    17. azhiker_grrl 60 months ago | reply

      this looks 3d! so cool. nice shot. (did a search for buckhorn cholla images...)

    18. kathysharp 50 months ago | reply

      I like the veins in the petals.

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