Monday, March 2, 2009

Cactus Monday -Pencil Cactus

While on vacation in Texas we saw many of the same cactus. When we arrived at a viewing blind in Falcon Dam State Park they had a huge pencil cactus growing right by the feeding station. We saw Long-billed Thrasher and aMockingbirds eating the red fruits on this cactus. I was too tired to paint much of the cactus. I have added the photo of this huge cactus so you could see it. If I am not right in thinking that it is a pencil cactus please tell me what it is. I have only seen pencil cactus that at the largest probably 12" high. I didn't know it would get as big as this one. Which I estimated at being almost 6 foot tall since it was taller than I and about that wide too. I am 5'6" tall, I had to look up to see the top of it. Happy Cactus Monday.


10 comments:

yoon see said...

Thanks for sharing Lisa:)
Both your image & illustration look superb!
Serence, soothing & beuatiful!
The cactus illustration that you drawn just like a cherry blossom.
Happy Cactus Monday!!!

Stapeliad said...

Yes Lisa, I think that is a pencil cactus. Your sketch is wonderful...would make a great paper print pattern.

HCM!!!

MuseSwings said...

It's always amazing to see a plant in the wild that we are encouraging to grow in a 2 inch pot! Your painting is wonderful!

marianne said...

I have no idea....I am just learning from all of you. I guess I have little to add.....
Love these though both the painting and the picture. enlarged you can see it and the colors....wonderful!
Thanks!

Happy cactus Monday!

Flying Colors said...

Wow Lisa! I love your watercolor... It has a great flow and it is fresh and dynamic!
Beautifully done... HCM and a great week :-)

Artist Unplugged said...

Ooooo, nice sketch. Enjoyed your recent posts of your trip! Sounds like it is going good, your paintings have been great!

SandyCarlson said...

What a challenge to draw. Love what you did!

Julie said...

This is interesting, Lisa...I have never seen a Pencil Cactus, which is actually a Euphorbia, have THORNS! I must try and research this! Very exciting...have never seen this before!!! Cool plants! So huge, eh>???? Love it...

Teri C said...

Yes that is a pencil cactus and yes they do grow that big. I am so happy you did this one because I have wanted to do it but all those 'branches' scare me cuz I think I have to do them all. You did it perfect!

HCM and good to be back online.

steviewren said...

I'd hate to fall into a tree like that! Ouchie. The photo and the painting are really nice.