Golden barrel cacti #3 by goodoleboy ()
Captured 8/8/2009 at the beautiful Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens in beautiful San Marino, California.
Since I last posted the first photo of this cactus I found a new folder full of photos of this particular species.
Echinocactus grusonii, popularly known as the golden barrel cactus, golden ball or mother-in-law's cushion, is a well known species of cactus, and is endemic to east-central Mexico.
It is rare and endangered in the wild, where it is found near Mesa de León in the state of Querétaro, and in the state of Hidalgo. The population was critically reduced in the 1990s, by the creation of the Zimapán Dam and reservoir in Hidalgo. The cactus grows in volcanic rock on slopes, at altitudes around 1,400 metres (4,600 ft)
Source: Wikipedia free encyclopedia.
Image Comments (10)
I'll catch up with more soon, Harry; I'm just doing a few now to show that I've been looking at everything...I loved this shot, it's got so much light; and that deep greenish yellow---almost a harvest yellow---makes these cacti look like big glowing balls. (Balls of fun, as Rod says: And, like him, I wouldn't wanna pick one up and 'play' with it.) Your crop is wonderful too, allowing them to dominate the center, while you got growth on either side, incl a big bunch of porcupine-like needles on the right. Wonderful light and hue, you caught the big rotund and bright essence of these beauties. Wonderful shot, Harry.