Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

F and F-ing (Flora and Fauna-ing)


Remember reading about The Great American Desert in school? I found it. 🙂

We’re in Tucson today. (Hi y’all!)

Talk about a whole new world. Know what they’ve got here? In spades? Cactus! Saguaro to be precise. The ones that stand TALL and have arms, reaching up to pray! The REAL thing, like you see on movies.

Isn’t that cool? I snapped that out the car window with my phone. They’re everywhere. Kind of like cedar trees in Northeast Okie Land. 🙂

This looks like a hillside full of tree stumps, but it’s actually . . .

A hillside full of Saguaro cactus. (Surprise!) Some look as if they’re growing right out of the rock, don’t they? Perfect for this part of the world. Interesting how God knows exactly where to plant things, isn’t it?

There are also a lot of short fat cacti that look like a pin cushion on steroids, and most of them are blooming!

From what I can tell on the Internet, they’re called Barrel cactus.

If memory serves, they’re the ones that you look for if you’re dying from thirst in the desert. (I think I saw that on a movie or in a book, so don’t take my word for it if you’re planning a hike in the desert.)

When I took the Barrel Cactus pics, I also saw this.

Can you read it?


I hot-footed it out of that little garden right fast. (A rattlesnake might hide in the gravel, but they can’t hide on concrete. I hope.)

I’ve seen tons of these flowers, blooming in gardens.

I don’t know what they are, but I have a feeling they don’t take a lot of water. (There’s not much of it in this part of the world.)

Here’s a close up. Anyone recognize it?

Whatever it is, I hope it has a pretty name, like Angel Eyelashes or Flutter Hearts and not something awful like Skunk Britches.

Can anyone tell me?

Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

8 thoughts on “F and F-ing (Flora and Fauna-ing)

  1. Not sure but it does resemble the Bird of Paradise that is so prevalent in the Southwest.

  2. Ahhhh…..brings back memories of growing up in the Southwest. There is something magical about the desert…especially after a rain. Your pictures take me back….

  3. By the way, the Saguaro only grows in Arizona and a state in Mexico, I think around the Baja area…..they are beautiful!

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  5. I love cactus, especially barrels. I’ve always wanted a great big fat one, but it takes about a hundred years to get to the size I want, so they’re a bit pricey when you find them.

    Those last pictures are beautiful. When we were stationed in San Diego, we spent a lot of time in the desert. It’s an amazing place.

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