~ These cactus flowers were so beautiful, and I coudln't resist one very close-up view, showing the wonderful sweep of stamens.
~ This mass of succulent plants was a small part of a succulent wreath at Descanso Gardens in La Canada, CA. I liked all the variations in colors and shapes.
~ This cactus flower blooms for one night, to be pollinated by a certain moth. Soon after the sun comes up, the blooms fade and close up. I was lucky to catch this one mid-morning, before it faded away.