A Lovely Sunday Surprise — Wednesday, April 29, 2020

On Sunday we were also gifted with a fun adventure to the Uncompahgre Plateau

Brett and Marianne asked if we wanted to drive to 25 Mesa on the Uncompahgre Plateau for a small little trip.

Off we went…again 6 feet or more distancing…they in their jeep and us in our pick-up

We drove until we came to a weather station… a wee bit of a surprise.

Very interesting to see.

Then while the dogs sniffed and played, the wind enjoying a day off, I explored a tiny bit myself.

I found a tiny, teeny cactus, a tad larger than a quarter…blooming it’s little heart out.

I couldn’t find the type of the cactus, maybe you know and can tell me.  Here is a link to some cactus found in Colorado. 

But this one didn’t seem to be there.

Anyway, short little breaks of happiness in the daily work on the farm,

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

30 thoughts on “A Lovely Sunday Surprise — Wednesday, April 29, 2020

  1. How wonderful Linda, glad you had a happy break! That little cactus is beautiful and sends a message of encouragement to us all.

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  2. Hello Linda! Kate sent the link to your post to see if I could ID the cactus. I believe it is a Pediocactus simpsonii. It is found throughout Colorado at high elevations. Its common names include Simpson’s Hedgehog Cactus, Simpson’s Footcactus, Mountain Ball Cactus, and Snowball Pediocactus.

    https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/119306-Pediocactus-simpsonii/browse_photos
    http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/19699/Pediocactus_simpsonii

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  3. Hi Linda, I asked Lonnie over at The Belmont Rooster (who’s a bit of a cactus guru) what he thought it was. Here’s his reply:
    Hello Kate! Just guessing, I would say it is a Pediocactus simpsonii. It is found throughout Colorado at high elevations. Its common names include Simpson’s Hedgehog Cactus, Simpson’s Footcactus, Mountain Ball Cactus, and Snowball Pediocactus.
    https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/119306-Pediocactus-simpsonii/browse_photos
    http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/19699/Pediocactus_simpsonii
    I hope this helps. Thanks for asking!
    Well, you have multiple names for one tiny little pretty pincushion there 🙂

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