~ Cactus ~
Before this post I didn't know much about the cactus (Wikipedia) plant other than being poked by them on a couple of occasions while hiking. And here's a photo of one of the culprits.
But the more I read about the cactus, the more I find them to be interesting. For example, there are some species that bear edible fruit such as the prickly pear and in places like Mexico it's cultivation by farmers are quite profitable raking in as much as $150 million each year. I also read that in some places like Kenya, it is used to construct a cactus fence to help protect an owner's property and ward off wandering animals.
But what I find most interesting is how the cactus is able to use their natural make-up to adapt to their hot and dry environments with very little rainfall.
Yes, what I have grown to really like most about the cactus is that they are a "Survivor". So the next time I walk by them I intend to show them a little respect . . . plus walk a little further away from them. :)
Going through my photo library, I remembered these really cool cactus photos that I took, while visiting the famous Bloemenmarkt (Wikipedia) in Amsterdam and so I wanted to feature them for my ABC Wednesday contribution this week.
They caught my attention because they have these colorful flowers growing out of them which I have never seen in a cactus before.
Aren't they pretty . . .
Upon closer inspection, they still appear to have those pokey thorns, so be careful. :)
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