Delicate yellow prickly pear cactus blooms within the strong embrace of a gnarly and ancient sagebrush.

As found.

Eastern Nevada, USA

High Quality Images
NEVADA: The Silver State

Canon 350D EOS
Sigma 70-300 mm

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Elegance And Endurance

Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • Bob Wall
    Bob Wallover 4 years ago


  • Thanks. :-]

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...over 4 years ago

    Wow! Great contrast!
    Love it!

  • Ah, thanks, Corri!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • doubleheader
    doubleheaderover 4 years ago

    simply stunning Arla.. great comp and spot on title..

  • Thanks very much, Bill!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    Excellent SC

  • Thanks, Byron – but it isn’t selective coloring — That’s natural sagebrush gray. :D

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Marie  Morrison
    Marie Morrisonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Capture ! :(

  • Thank you, Marie!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Appel
    Appelover 4 years ago

    Oh, this is so lovely, Arla!! So delicate but you know it has to be pretty hardy to survive the desert!! I love the contrasts and your dof – stunning shot!!!

  • Ah! Thank you soooo much Ann! ♥

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image, fabulous flower…one that will never get picked with all it’s protection.

  • Thanks, Karen … not to mention – it lives WAaaay up in the mountains. :D

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenover 4 years ago

    What an amazing capture. A fave of mine, Arla~Lynn

  • Thank you very much, Lynn! ♥

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenover 4 years ago


  • You DO, don’t you, Elaine. :D ♥ Thanks!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonover 4 years ago

    Ooooohh, I love this!!!!!

  • Thanks so much, Kim!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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