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Some shots from April and November 2006

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WayneR

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Some shots from April and November 2006
« on: December 24, 2006, 04:14:01 PM »
Now that I have a few minutes to catch my breath (shopping is finally done!), thought I would share a few photos from BIBE.  I stumbled upon this website in early December and love it.  I had no idea so many other folks shared my love of this fantastic place.  

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!  


This is known commonly as the Texas Rainbow.  Had to really hunt to find a couple in bloom in mid April....  It must have been a dry Fall in 2005.


Purple sage on Glenn Springs in November.  Only place I could find them in bloom in the whole park...
 

By now you probably figured out I love to photograph cacti!


Purple tinged prickly pear.  Often becomes extremely purple in periods of drought and cold.


This little "Eagle Claw" was oddly in bloom in early November along the old Ore Road........


you guessed it - the South Rim and of course a beautiful Agave.....

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Offline trtlrock

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Some shots from April and November 2006
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2006, 08:06:15 AM »
very nice pics!  bright & cheery -- helps fight the drippy foggy Virginia gloom...
John & Tess

"...and I'll face each day with a smile, for the time that I've been given's such a little while..." - Arthur Lee

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Offline Bobcat

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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2006, 08:35:24 AM »
Very nice. What are you shooting with?
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Offline TheWildWestGuy

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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2006, 09:55:07 AM »
I was doing the same thing and created a new album of 30 photo's from Upper Juniper Canyon, Upper Cattail Canyon, and a few from Mule Ears at the MSN Groups site  
http://groups.msn.com/BigBendPhotos

... TWWG

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WayneR

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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2006, 04:34:38 PM »
Quote from: "Bobcat"
Very nice. What are you shooting with?


I took these with an Olympus  C5050 zoom.  It's a compact little camera perfect for taking on hikes where space and the weight on your back are important! :wink:

Wayne

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Some shots from April and November 2006
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2006, 10:14:31 AM »
Very nice!  I like the contrast in those photos!
There's nothing like a good quest to get you intimate with a place. - Tom Clynes

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Offline CurtR

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Some shots from April and November 2006
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2006, 10:29:22 PM »
nice shots

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Offline Vince T

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Some shots from April and November 2006
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2006, 09:52:24 PM »
Love your purple sage shot...that is great.
Thanks for sharing.

One of these days I'll have some new ones to share.

Vince

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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2006, 11:03:25 PM »
Great photos!  

I've never seen a Texas Rainbow.  The blooms look like they just fully opened.

Where are these usually found?
"No, that did not happen to me.  You have me confused with someone else."

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WayneR

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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2006, 09:04:29 AM »
Quote from: "Boot Canyon 1 Cougar"
Great photos!  

I've never seen a Texas Rainbow.  The blooms look like they just fully opened.

Where are these usually found?


The Texas Rainbow cactus is found all over SW Texas.  In BIBE, you will find them in the lower elevations typically on very hot sandy desert slopes.



These cacti often grow in colonies as shown and if you are lucky to catch them in bloom it is quite a sight! :D

They get their common name "Texas Rainbow" not from the flower beauty but from the color banding of the spines.  Each year's growth is normally visable by inspecting the plant closely.  The banding or rings of growth appear different yearly based upon the amount of rain (or lack there of) the plant received e.t.c.  Most of these specimens in BIBE have large yellow flowers which can last up to 7 days.  Some specimens around Sanderson, TX have purple flowers.

Wayne

 


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