Spring in the Arizona deserts is unique, and when it’s been a “wet” winter, spring is just as colorful as in other parts of the country. The small hedgehog cactus is probably one of the least attractive of those desert succulents that grow in Mexico and the Southern United States. Indeed, some varieties of hedgehogs can be found as far north as South Dakota. In my opinion, the flowers of the hedgehog cacti found in Arizona are the most beautiful of the cactus family. They bloom in the spring and the cup shaped blossoms vary in color based upon the specific genus. The colors of the varieties I’ve encountered vary from rose to magenta. Though the plant is often found on the desert floor, it’s not uncommon to see a plant growing in the midst of an outcropping of rock as in this example.
About the photo: Captured with a Samsung S20U on a bright, sunny day, the camera’s auto exposure metering system set the numbers to f/3.5, 1/900 sec., ISO 25. I captured several images at different focal lengths and picked the 19 mm choice. I then cropped it some to eliminate extraneous “stuff” around the edges. I processed the image as usual with Adobe Lightroom version 6 and Luminar 4.