Dawn of the Dead
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|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.
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!