Scanning For The Mother Ship

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DSC_6119_edited-1I grew up around barrel cactus and never noticed until this weekend that they point south. Apparently, the other name for this cactus is “compass cactus”. Photographed a few days ago at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California.

11 Replies to “Scanning For The Mother Ship”

    1. One of my favorite places also. I live quite near, so I visit frequently. I spend most of my time outside, not in the galleries.

      On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 9:02 PM, MK photographs


        1. Thanks for reminding me! I’ve been to both, but more frequently to Descanso than to the Arboretum. I am also a huge fan of our many museums. On any day I can happily choose between the Zoo, the Huntington, LACMA, the Getty, Pacific Asia Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, Venice Beach, Switzer Falls, Abalone Cove …
          Yes, we have an embarrassment of riches, that’s for sure. I enjoy your blog because you visit places that I don’t even know about. More to do!


    1. Aren’t they? There are over 100 acres of gardens at this place. My favorite is the desert garden; there is always something in bloom, and the birds cover it with a net of beautiful sound.


    1. I thought so too! The sun was setting, so I knew which direction was west. But they weren’t looking toward the sun as I assumed they might. I had never seen a flock of barrel cactus before, so I never noticed this phenomena.


  1. Elephant Butte Lake in the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico was about the northern limit of barrel cactus in the Chihuahuan Desert; I only found them on south facing hillsides, leaning south and downhill. Interesting the same phenomenon occurs elsewhere!


  2. There you go! You noticed that the cacti were on south-facing hillsides. I grew up around these fellows and never noticed until this particular day. I really need to work on that observant thing.


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