The solemn beauty of the desert greets the traveler at the edge of the tar as I explore the surroundings at the TTT Truckstop on Interstate 10
Hesperaloe parvifloraFishhook cactus with fruit. Probably Ferocactus latispinusThe Saguaro often begins life in the shelter of a "nurse" tree or shrub which can provide shade  &  moistuer.Ocotillo - Fouquieria splendensPrickly Pear cactus. (the big root) The swelled row of buds across the top of the cactus ear flowered. As summer progresses, they develop into a purple-hued edible fruit called "tunas".Two old-timers.Cane cholla (Opuntia spinosior)ChollaPrickly Pear cactus, also called "Teddy Bear Ears".  It adds to it's size by developing more earsYellow Palo Verde (Parkinsonia florida)The Saguaro grows about an inch a year -- but in time can attain from 15 to 50 feet.