Cactus + Zion National Park

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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.

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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!

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meadow by the Virgin river

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