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Jul 27, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Astrophytum fuzz

3 types of fine wool visible on this closeup of Astrophytum asterias: a flower bud, areolar wool, and skin flecks (a common and variable trait within the genus).

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Here's the whole plant, to put this in perspective.

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Jul 27, 2021 6:09 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Ah---I see now that it's a bit of a macro shot. I was wondering and thought this resembled wool dryer balls. Pretty amazing! I tip my hat to you.
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird β€” equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." β€” Mary Oliver, from Messenger
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Jul 27, 2021 6:13 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Interesting banner Baja!
As Yogi Berra said, β€œIt's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jul 27, 2021 6:45 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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A great slice of cactus, Baja!
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Jul 28, 2021 2:40 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
"Aha! Baja!" was my first thought. Smiling

Another great macro capturing the symmetry & details of these interesting plants. Thumbs up
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Jul 28, 2021 4:09 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Garden Photography Region: Mexico Plant Identifier Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Level 1
Thank you all for the kind words and the acorns. Happy to share a friendly, fuzzy cactus! Smiling
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