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Ocotillo

Ocotillo Bloom

For my first vacation of the year, I drove  from my home in southeast Texas to Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas – a 13-hour drive (if my friend or her husband had let me borrow one of their brand new Corvettes, it might have only been a 2-hour drive) Winking smile

I’d visited the park back in December 2013 and I returned to that park for two reasons:  the starry night skies (it was a new moon when I visited) and the blooming cacti.

Two Bees In A Prickly Pear Bloom

So, where does the ocotillo come in?

Ocotillo and Chihuahuan Desert Scenery

Because it’s not a cactus.

Ocotillo Thorns

Even though it has thorns.  Lots of ‘em.

Ocotillo Bloom

No, an ocotillo is a shrub.  Most of the year, it looks dead.  But, when it rains, it puts out lots of little green leaves and these beautiful, orange-red tubular blooms.  The leaves fall off pretty quickly in an effort to conserve water, but these blooms remain for a bit longer.  Ocotillos can live between 60-100 years and grow 20 feet tall.

Early Morning In The Park

The ocotillo is a pretty cool plant.

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