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.
Feature Image Details
- EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera
- Canon RF 100 MM Macro Lens
- F11 for 1/250th second ISO 800
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.
- Desert Tortoises in Snow Canyon State Park
- Petrified Dunes After Rain Storm – Snow Canyon State Park
- On the Verge of a Slide – Snow Canyon State Park
- That Cloud – Snow Canyon State Park
- Desert Blooming Near Kayenta Utah: Saguaro Cactus
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Mike “Mish” Shedlock