I found this gorgeous cactus blooming in a neighbor’s yard. We’re used to pinks, yellows, whites, fuscias, but this deep purple is very unusual. The cactus flowers have been spectacular this year, probably due to the winter rains and the 5" of rain we’ve had here in the last three weeks or so.
Photographed on July 28, 2010 in Green Valley, Arizona, USA with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50. Shot in RAW, converted to three exposures in PS Elements 8 and enhanced using Photomerge Exposure. This process retains the true color of the flowers.
“Echinocereus Pentalophus” has been featured in:
“FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHERS/July, 2010
ONE SINGLE FLOWER/September, 2010
HIGH QUALITY IMAGES/January, 2011