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Dawn of the Dead


Dawn of the Dead
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03
Categories: Desert
Camera: Nikon CP 8800, Nikkor 8.9-89mm 2.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Xit left: 1, 2, 3 ... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-21 14:24
Viewed: 3648
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Its not what it seems first of all. Might look like a fungi or tree parasyte but its nothing like that.
Here is the fact: the Californian desert lately received too much moisture (see the green around ?) and the botanical elements used to the scorching heat started degrading in this case here is a dead young barrel cactus.

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Interesting post Radu. We tend to think that with global warming,everything is just getting hotter and drier,but I guess the climate is going haywire everywhere in lots of different ways.
I guess you must find lots of little cactii out in the desert...like Lophophora williamsii (Peyote buttons)
A pity about customs and biosecurity and such ;)
My brother in law has a collection of San Pedros (Trichocereus pachanoi) at home,mostly over 7 metres tall and they've been covered in flowers lately :o
By the way,what are the little blue berries/flowers at the bottom left of the photo?

Nice shot! At first I thought it must be a huge wasp's nest or something, because it looks so papery. I understand that the wildflower season in SE California and Arizona is expected to be magnificent because of the rains.

I also thought this was a wasp's nest - very intresting post, and excellent documentation of this unusual situation.

Radu,
I do not have expertise about the happenings in the CA desert, but I would like to mention that I have found cacti "husks" in Canada in areas where they occur naturally...

The kind we have here generally have a certain amount of "natural kill"... I think in our case frost might be a factor.

I'd be surprised if cacti succumb to too much water...
as they are basically a "machine" that sucks it up when it is there; and tries to reduce its loss when there isn't any... Not? What other causes could we think of? Insects?

Anyway very interesting image!

Thanx for showing and sharing!

Jay

PS Themed.

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