Wandering near the cactus garden at my local botanical garden, I spotted flashes of pure white that were not there the week before. It turned out that I was very fortunate to witness the first day of bloom for these Golden Torch cacti (columns are about 5 to 8 feet tall). They are native to western Argentina and Bolivia. (Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 100mm, f/8, 1/1600 sec., ISO 200, bright morning sun, handheld)
Top 10 (3rd place) in “Blossom of Cactus” challenge (Friendly Challenge #12) in 3D – Daffodils, Dahlias & Dandelions group (October 2012)
Featured in Assorted Flowers & More (27 December 2014)
Featured in All About Flowers (17 August 2011)
Featured in Best of RedBubble (17 August 2011)
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