Claret Cup (Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. melancanthus)
Dead Horse Point State Park
The areas we visited in Utah are all locations that are considered high-desert but that does not mean that there are no plants. This cactus was blooming at all three parks we visited (Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse – where I got this image.) along with numerous other wildflowers.
With an average annual rainfall of 10 inches, the plant life has to be adapted to the hot, dry climate and if you visit this area in the summer I’d be surprised if you see alot of flowers. Since our trip was in May (Which appears to be just the beginning of Spring in this area since we got snowed on several times!) we, and the plants, were treated to a fair amount of rain.
Good side of visiting this time of year – No crowds in the parks and not too hot.
Down side – Fair chance of rain and possibility of cool/cold temps
Nikkor 18-105mm @ 66mm
ƒ/10.0 1/250 sec 400 ISO
Processed with Adobe Lightroom