"The Barrel Cactus commonly called the Fishhook Cactus"
On the three acres around my home, there are a number of Barrel Cactus which are now flowering. This particular cactus is usually the last to flower during the summer. The flowers are yellow to orange in color are up to 3 inches wide and grow around a ring around the top. In one of my photos, you'll see a multi-head Barrel Cactus, which is rather unusual. The name Fishhook comes from the fish like spines that are found on the cactus. These cacti are very hardy, and can live up to 130 years and can go without water for an extended period of time, because of the large amount of water the cactus can store. In fact there is one report of one barrel cactus surviving 6 years after being taken out of the ground!
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.