24 August 2015

Cactus

Nowadays you can Google anything and everything, but I grew up pre- Google, so everything I ever learned about cactus came from watching old Westerns (which means I don't know a whole hell of a lot about cactus, other than that they're native to the Americas). What I know for sure is that if you were prostrate with thirst and near death, you had best crawl to a cactus, quick. If you were lucky, and crawled fast, you might reach one and find a drop of water inside. If not, that was the end of that, pardner!





Here in Búzios we have a variety of cactus growing all over the place —

. . . on the shore



. . . in a garden


. . . and at the beach

— as well as inside and outside of our house —

Affectionately called our "broccoli monster"

Stand back! This is our sharp "needle monster"!
A nice, gentle guy on the veranda

Planted at 5", now stands tall and proud

Part of our recent trip to the States included a drive around the Southwest, which brought us face to face with the famous movie cactus —

Classic saguaro in Paradise Valley, Arizona
From somewhere to somewhere, New Mexico

Also in New Mexico















But here's my all-time favorite cactus, which we scared off in São Paulo during the 2014 Bienale Art Show!

Get me outta here!

4 comments:

  1. This makes me think of my beloved Silver City, New México.

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    1. I just googled Silver City, NM -- sorry we missed it in our pass through the Southwest, it looks great! Were you just visiting, or did you work there during your exchange years?

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  2. Hi there! It is Renan.

    I am having to post this comment as "Anonymous" because, for some reason, if I try to post it signed in with my user, it does not go through.

    I was just visiting. I have a couple of old friends that live there. I stayed with them for 2 months in 2006, then nearly a month in 2010, and then a few days in 2012. I do miss the place.

    Here are a few pictures from the first visit:

    http://viagemeua.blogspot.com.br/2007/12/casas-de-silver-city.html

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    1. Hi Renan! Thanks for the pictures. Maybe it's time we exchanged e-mails -- I'd rather not put mine here, but I didn't find you on Facebook, so . . . if you look for me on Facebook, you should find me and be able to send me a private message. If you want, of course!

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