I think this is the most beautiful and exotic cactus bloom I have photographed to date. You probably wouldn't be surprised if I said I discovered this rare beauty on one of our long treks in the isolated deserts near our southern Utah home. And that I had to hike for several miles in the sweltering desert sun, before I discovered this beauty tucked away on the side of a cliff. And to top it off I had to suffer multiple punctures of sharp brambles and cacti spines as I leaned over the edge to get this shot. Gosh, that would make a great story!
Well, I'm just so darn honest that I have to tell you I actually found this beautiful cactus in the parking strip, alongside a busy city street about a mile from where I live. It was early morning and I was on my way to a zumba class when I spied these blooms and pulled over. Luckily I had my camera with me. But it was so windy and chilly outside that I literally rolled down my car window and snapped a few shots from inside my cozy warm car. I did have my camera set on shutter priority with a high shutter speed to freeze the movement from the wind, but still, these are not great conditions for flower photography. I was pleasantly surprised that this turned out as well as it did!