Cactus + Zion National Park

Chollas at the entrance of Zion National Park, Utah

It’s been so cold in the Salt Lake Valley lately, 21 degrees this morning when I drove Finn to school, a far cry from the balmy 50’s  we experienced the weekend before Thanks Giving in Springdale, Utah. I thoroughly enjoyed the last of the warmth and snapped away at the many (giant) cactus we encountered around the main road and on trail.

Opuntia alone the main road in Zion

In Zion the tendencies of Opuntia to spread is obvious. It is everywhere the sun may shine, be it down a rocky ravine, along the river in a field or at the very top on a rocky plateau. It is a veritable Opuntia lover’s dream!

meadow by the Virgin river



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