Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ancient Cacti


Prior to thorns, ancient cacti evolved an almost reptilian hide to protect themselves.   Hollowed out, they made lovely sushi wrappers.

8 comments:

Snowbrush said...

Thanks for the interesting information.

soulbrush said...

gorgeous image. hcm fellow cactuteer.have you recovered from your museum whirl?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is a interesting image. You never know where you will find a cactus image. HCM.

studio lolo said...

Do I see snake skin????

Teri C said...

Not isn't THAT interesting. This group sure comes up with some amazing information. Fascinating image.

HCM!

Lynn said...

This is quite beautiful. How did you get the bumpy effect? Is this watercolor? Lovely.
HCM

Debra Kay said...

I borrowed the skin from an ancient reptile-if you look at the middle cactus, what looks to be a wren hole is really his eye and the light is reflecting off his ocular ridge. The light coming between the second and third cactus was a lucky accident of layer and opacity, but now that I understand how it happened, I'll be using it more often.

Debra Kay said...

I borrowed the skin from an ancient reptile-if you look at the middle cactus, what looks to be a wren hole is really his eye and the light is reflecting off his ocular ridge. The light coming between the second and third cactus was a lucky accident of layer and opacity, but now that I understand how it happened, I'll be using it more often.