2016-053 – Red Cactus Blossom Mandalas

Red Cactus Blossoms
Red Cactus Blossoms

This week’s MotD theme: The Color Red

Dr. Thomas G. Barnes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, captured this close-up photo of these beautiful red cactus blossoms. I love how the bright red color of each spectacular mandala-like flower pops against the subdued warm green of the cactus and its gray prickly thorns.

From SFGate web site:

Cacti are flowering plants, so every kind of cactus is capable of blooming when it is mature. Whether or not an individual cactus plant blooms depends on its age and the care it gets. Some cacti don’t bloom until they are more than 30 years old. Others won’t bloom, even if they are old enough, unless they get proper light conditions, watering and fertilization. This is especially true for potted cacti. Holiday cacti grown indoors, such as Christmas cactus, won’t bloom unless they get long nights and short days.

Inspiration for Today

Dr. Barnes’ delightful photo reminds us that in all things, especially people, respect their “thorns”, they are there as protection. At the same time, know that with some love and proper care and nurturing they can be encouraged to blossom.

Happy Coloring!

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