Desert Blooming Near Kayenta Utah: Honey Bee on Prickly Pear Cactus

The cactus blooms in and around St. George area are beautiful and reliable every year. The blooming period lasts for a few weeks but the peak bloom is only for a few days on each cactus depending on the type of cactus and its location. These images are from the week of May 8-14.

The streets from St. George through Santa Clara UT to Ivins UT on to Kayenta UT are lined with cactuses. The Kayenta art village and nearby streets in Ivins put on a beautiful display this year.

This is the second of three posts on the bloom this year.


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Images like this photograph best in bright overcast light and calm wind. I had full sun and a slight breeze.

It was later in the day and with a bit of difficulty I was able to hand hold a large white umbrella to block the strong sun.

I took a dozen images of the bee, only one of them was any good. But one is enough. I then focused on various parts of the blooms and blended them all together so that every part of the image but the distant rocks was in focus.



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