The Wonderful World of Cacti

Wednesday’s Photos

Photos by Klaus-Dieter Barge

In my youth I once watched the Walt Disney documentary ‘The Living Desert’ (Die Wüste Lebt). It showed how the arid landscape after a rare rainfall literally exploded into a colourful display of the blooming desert flowers including the incredibly beautiful shapes of the cacti. As it often happens, the images gradually faded from my memory and all that remained was the idea  that cacti are nondescript plants extremely prickly and not exactly pretty to look at. Therefore, I am very grateful to my friend Dieter Barge who told me about his passion for raising and cultivating a large variety of cacti in his greenhouse. He kindly provided the photos of these marvelous desert plants complete with their botanical names. I turned the images with the help of a video editor into the short two-minute video below. Enjoy.

18 comments

  1. taphian · July 18, 2018

    a really beautiful collection of cacti, dear Peter. I see some of them in Greece and they have beautiful blossoms. Thanks for sharing, have a nice day, kind regards Mitza

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  2. arv! · July 18, 2018

    The state I live in a desert state. The area around my city is semi-arid. We don’t have cactus but we have a wonderful plant called Thor Danda which can be found all around in the hills. Most people think it is a cactus but it is not. I have written a post on this and if you like I can provide a link for you to read. I’m not sure if you have read it. It has beautiful red flowers. I’m happy you chose to post on Cactus today!

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  3. Robert Parker · July 18, 2018

    Beautiful! Cacti in bloom, always makes me think, maybe there’s an analogy between these spiny, prickly plants, that produce such nice blossoms, and people like van Gogh, Turner, Wagner, that were pretty difficult or disagreeable, but produced great art. 🙂

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    • Peter Klopp · July 19, 2018

      Thank you! I am glad you like these prickly beauties. Interesting analogy, Robert!

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  4. Stella, oh, Stella · July 18, 2018

    Cacti are so beautiful. Thanks for the video, I enjoyed it very much. My father was a great fan of cacti.

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  5. Amy · July 18, 2018

    When I saw the title, I couldn’t imagine how there were cacti in British Columbia! Beautiful!

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  6. PlantsandBeyond · July 18, 2018

    Super plants, these cacti. Love their blooms and variety, Peter.

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  7. kopfundgestalt · July 19, 2018

    Wonderful Pictures! 🙂

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  8. jml297 · September 5, 2018

    What an amazing cacti collection, and the video was a wonderful showcase of colour and variety. Thank you for sharing 😊

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