Monday, May 14, 2012

Nopal Cactus at The Valley of Fire Wave

All pictures in this post are from The Valley of Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. The cactus pictures in this post are beveartail cactus or nopal cactus, otherwise known as Nopalea.

" Nature is man's teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illuminates his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence."  ~Alfred Billings Street
Whenever I am in the desert, I always am reminded of a beauty that is beyond compare. A beauty that though may be barren, but then there is admirable strength that runs deep.
To others, it may just simply be rocks, but for the desert lover, they are sculpted masterpieces crafted by nature.
From afar, the desert may just look brown, but when you come closer, you will see the curves and contours of the Earth, the colors of the rocks, and yes, the transformation of brown soil into a wonderland of desert plants.
The desert vegetation, such as the nopal cactus in the above picture and below may be thorny, but there is a reason behind their thorns. Though the desert from afar may look so barren and very inhospitable for plant life, but plants such as Nopalea have adapted to the desert environment. Many of the desert plants have developed thorns that help them conserve their water by slowing down the evaporation process and at the same time pesky from animals trying to drink their water.
These cacti plants are abundant in the Sonoran Desert. They do not only provide beautiful addition to the desert landscape, but they also provide edible fruits and pads that supply food to birds, insects, and animals.  Actually, you will find some pads sold in the Mexican supermarket. Nopalea is a popular Mexican vegetable that is present in a variety of Mexican cuisine dishes. It is made from the young segments of prickly pear where spines were carefully peeled. The nopal cactus, particularly the Nopal cactus juice, has been shown to have some amazing health benefits. Nopalea contains rare and potent antioxidants that are scientifically proven to help the body reduce inflammation. When taken daily, it can help the body reduce inflammation, cleanse itself of daily toxins and promote optimal health. If you or someone you know suffer from inflammation and its related health problems such as muscle, joint and body pain, respiratory, arterial, digestive tract and widespread body cell inflammation, the nutrients in Nopalea is known to ha helped the body reduce inflammation. Nopalea is an anti-inflammatory wellness drink and helps relieve pain since inflammation is a leading cause of chronic aches and pain.  If you want to learn more about Nopalea wellness drink, you can check the official Trivita website, a 12-year old company that helps people pursue physical, emotional and spiritual health. Currently, they have a free trial offer where you only pay $9.95 for shipping. 

The nopal cactus, and The Valley of Fire Wave at the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, are some of the beautiful secrets in the desert that you will see if you will look closely. 

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  1. I kept on saying WOW scrolling down this entry. Those rock formations and the textures of the rocks - breathtaking! :)

    I will have that same photo (1st image) you took once I visited this place. :)

  2. Beautiful landscape, the rock formations and colors are gorgeous.

  3. The desert is a beautiful place, indeed Betchai! I love your nopal cactus flower shots..Love how you weave this in!

  4. The desert is always thought to be a dry, barren place. Your posts prove that isn't true.

  5. Incredibly beautiful rock colors and formations and blooming cactus, thanks for sharing these awesome nature pictures!

  6. They are sculpted masterpieces crafted by nature.

    And rains and wind are the knifes.

  7. Thank you for sharing these photos. I find it really interesting and amazing nature's way of doing rock formations and rock sculptures !


  8. I always love this: " Nature is man's teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illuminates his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence." ~Alfred Billings Street

    It's so sensual, and beautifully intimate! Your photos show just that!

  9. Wow, you've really captured the feel and rhythm of the desert with this post!

  10. The swirls in the rocks are truly a masterpiece and the Nopalea plants are survivors where others cannot endure. And that is the wonders of nature.

  11. Very beautiful and great words to go with it! Will look forward to following more of your travel tales

  12. We love Valley of Fire! Great shots:-)

  13. Cactus flowers are just the bomb aren't they? Soo pretty.