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Golden Barrel Cactus

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 4 April 2014 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Echinocactus grusonii, popularly known as the Golden Barrel Cactus, Golden Ball or, amusingly, Mother-in-Law's Cushion, is a well-known species of cactus, and is endemic to east-central Mexico.

It is rare and critically endangered in the wild, where it is found near Mesa de Léon in the state of Querétaro, and in the state of Hidalgo. The population was critically reduced in the 1990s, by the creation of the Zimapán Dam and reservoir in Hidalgo. The cactus grows in volcanic rock on slopes, at altitudes around 4,600 ft.

Captured at the Garfield Park Conservatory on April 27, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/4.8 ISO 100 63 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Looks a real bad spot to trip and fall . .

4 Apr 2014 6:49am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

great capture

4 Apr 2014 7:14am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An excellent capture of this beautiful cactus.

4 Apr 2014 1:04pm

Don from Spokane, United States

An excellent close up of this prickly looking cactus. Very well done.

4 Apr 2014 2:58pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

You have captured the prickly texture beautifully

4 Apr 2014 5:11pm

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Ouille... ouille... qui s'y frotte, s'y pique !... :))
Il est superbe.

4 Apr 2014 5:33pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The pattern brings a wonderful effect.

4 Apr 2014 6:03pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
A M A Z I N G !!!!

4 Apr 2014 7:31pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A beautiful specimen, nicely captured.

4 Apr 2014 7:35pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That beauty is best caught with a camera and not with your hands.

4 Apr 2014 10:57pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

A beautiful specimen!

4 Apr 2014 10:57pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

My wife likes this pillow ... for me :-((( It's amazing how despite the spines, Cactus can be so beautiful and with so wonderful shapes ... Superb image !!!

4 Apr 2014 11:40pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous close up. The detail is wonderful! I love the nickname! This is a beautiful image!

4 Apr 2014 11:47pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very beautiful and amazing that it is rare; great information!

4 Apr 2014 11:57pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

exquisite! superb detail. fine format

5 Apr 2014 12:37am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A wonderful shot of it, but ohhhhhh it is not a cushion; do NOT sit down. ;D

5 Apr 2014 12:49am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful close up ! Nice colors and details. Have a nice weekend. :)

5 Apr 2014 2:05am

L'angevine from Angers, France


5 Apr 2014 7:58am

Isa ✩ from Vaucluse, France

Impressionnant et attention de ne pas y tomber dessus...

5 Apr 2014 2:08pm

Diana from San Francisco, United States

Very nice close-up shot with good details.

6 Apr 2014 4:35am

claudie from le havre, France

Il pique ,mais il est très beau .

6 Apr 2014 7:29am

Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

so great

6 Apr 2014 8:20pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Un cactus superbe ! J'en ai quelques-uns, je n'ai pas encore vu leurs petites fleurs....

7 Apr 2014 8:18am