The Beaver-Tail Cactus is a very common inhabitant in the desert landscape and its springtime blooms dot the dry hillsides and vast open terrain with brilliant splashes of color. The Beavertail is a very recognizable cactus, with pads that resemble its namesake. Pads have clusters of short, sharp bristles. Flowers are rose to magenta, 1-2" and have dark red-purple filaments and white stigmas. The fruits are dry, tan and 1-1/2" long.
Flowers April – June, below 6000’ throughout the Mojave and Colorado Deserts to Sonora, Mexico.

Photo – Prescott, Arizona – USA – 2009

It’s all about capturing a moment in time. About discovering scenes that, when shared, generate interest and appeal.
I am absorbed in the passion for photography and derive great pleasure in being a part of this superb artistic community.

John Butler is a resident of Northern California. A builder, by trade – but spiritually, a naturalist and photographer.

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  • davvi
    davvialmost 4 years ago

    very beautiful!

  • Thank You Davvi – That is exactly what I said when I came upon this scene. John B

    – John Butler

  • Irene Walters
    Irene Waltersalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank You, Irene – The desert is magical at this time of year. John B

    – John Butler

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Navigator
    Navigatoralmost 4 years ago

    This is absolutely BEAUTIFULLY done! Makes me homesick for the Southwest! I could walk away from my desk this minute and go west! :) GREAT composition, lovely color, perfect!

  • I love the Southwest, as well. This is such a special time to visit the deserts. The temperatures are moderate and many of the cactus’ are in full bloom. Wildflowers are peaking, right now, as well. Soon, it will be too hot and I will retreat to the canyons and mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Thank You, Brenda for your wonderful compliment. John B

    – John Butler

  • alienfunk
    alienfunkover 3 years ago


  • Thanks for all of these wonderful Features, Allen. This is a fun group. John B

    – John Butler

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Your BEAUTIFUL image is being FEATURED
    in the group, “Wildflowers Of North America!!”

  • Thank You Lorilee – It’s such a rich experience to visit the desert when everything is in bloom.

    – John Butler

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful image! Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thank You Glenn – The desert will be in bloom, again soon and I hope to be there with my camera.

    – John Butler

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful. Congrats on your features.

  • THANK YOU, so much Judy.

    – John Butler

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 1 year ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    June 23, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank You for this Feature Teresa. I enjoy browsing through the spectacular photos in this group.

    – John Butler

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