Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Cactus underfoot, Eclipses overhead

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Aug 23, 2017 4:36 PM CST
The two DD's and I drove to the wilds of Idaho to stand on the line and take the photo of a lifetime.

But there was more underfoot than just a line. After driving, sitting, standing on this little corner of earth for several hours, we discovered we were in a field of cactus. I have seen them before out there in the Idaho outbacks but they aren't really impressive this time of year. I can only hope that in the spring, what they lack now, they make up for.

I think they are Escobaria vivipara but don't quote me on that. They are obviously not Mammillaria just because the weather up there is so harsh that the row of cottonwood trees in the distance is less than 10 feet tall. They are about 9/10 underground and level with the soil surface. Walking and driving on them doesn't seem to do any harm. I've never been in Idaho at the right time of year to see them bloom. This particular field of cactus is on the alluvial fan at the base of Mt. Borah. We've also seen them on the ridge tops in this area. There's a couple cactus in every square yard right out in the full sin. Even the prickly pear types are smart enough to hide under the sagebrush.
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