Western Light: Cactus Flower

Flower of the hybrid trichocereus Flying Saucer in full bloom. Melissa Bowersock

Flower of the hybrid trichocereus Flying Saucer in full bloom. Melissa Bowersock

May is the time for cactus, normally so bland, so ordinary, to explode into magnificence. Those dowdy gray-green lumps that seem to fade into the background suddenly burst forward into the limelight and become rock stars for a handful of days. The hybrid trichocereus, often called the torch cactus, is particularly dramatic, but like most divas, is fragile, and the 8-inch blossoms only last a day or two, maybe three if the plant is sheltered from sun and wind. Then it's back to the doldrums.

Melissa Bowersock is a photographer and multi-genre author with multiple novels and non-fiction titles to her credit. For more information, visit her web page at www.newmoonrising.net.

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