Still Alive and Kicking…

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you all doing well. I just wanted to make a “short” post and let you know I am still alive and well. I have been working on a new post since October 29, which will not be short. 🙂

I wanted to talk a little about cactus and show the differences between the plants in my collection. October 29 was a nice spring-like day so I took the cactus outside for a photo shoot. Then, as I was working on the post on December 1 I decided to see if I could get good close-ups of their spines. It worked out amazingly well with the help of a magnifying glass.


While I was working on the post I was also doing further research about the individual species description, mainly on Llifle (Encyclopedia of Living Forms). I also had to use the glossary on So, I learned a lot more about my plants. I always enjoy making posts and pages while learning as I go.


Cactus are indeed very complex plants and I wanted to share some very interesting features about each one in my small collection.

I normally only work on the blog in the evening so it takes time to write a very long post. This didn’t seem to be a post I could write in parts because of the information in the beginning.

Once this post is finished I can get back to reading your posts and catch up. Until then, be safe, stay positive, stay well… GET DIRTY if possible.

8 comments on “Still Alive and Kicking…

  1. Debbie says:

    Hey Rooster! glad you are all good 🤗 I was just wondering what you might be up to yesterday!
    I have been given a book I think you would like – I haven’t read it yet – it’s called ‘The secret life of cows’ cover notes…
    ‘Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand, vain, considerate, proud, shy & inventive. Although much of a cows time is spent eating they always find time for activities such as babysitting, playing hide and seek, blackberry picking or fighting a tree’
    Don’t know if you get time for ‘non-plant’ reading but I think this is right up your street if you do

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    • Hello Debbie! I have been thinking about you, too. Every time I pass by the seeds I need to send you and Raphael I think, “GEEZ! I need to send those seeds!” But it will be a while before you need them and they are safe just as well as there. That sounds like a very interesting book for sure. I know my cows all have different personalities. They do take turns babysitting and there is a “head cow” and a pecking order. The calves, while young and learning about life enjoy sampling blackberries, but the cows don’t seem to eat them so much. It’s always fun to watch the calves play. As far as playing hide and seek, I think they especially do that when the calves go off and sleep somewhere and I can’t find them. 🙂 I’ll have to see if I can find the book. Sounds very interesting! Thanks for the comment!


  2. Jim R says:

    Looking forward to your cacti compendium.

    Cold here this morning at 13Ëš. But the sun is shining.

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  3. Littlesundog says:

    I’d gone missing for a month, due to a lot of travel to help family in Nebraska in November. It took me forever to get my latest post written and published to cover a month’s information on what I’d been up to. I usually try to keep things halfway simple, but sometimes a subject simply demands more than that, and it’s just fine! It takes time to photograph, research and write. It’s always a pleasure to read your pieces. I learn a lot!

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    • Hello Laura! I can’t imagine being away from home for a month! I am sure Nebraska was much colder. Not only do you have to write a lengthy post, but you also have to catch up on what has happened while you were away. Sometimes when writing plant pages I just add links to information without really reading. That has been very true with cactus, so actually reading about them when working on this next post has been very interesting. Thanks for the comment!

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