Most succulents and cactuses are light green, the desert climate that they grow in creating different needs than the bright chlorophyll-filled leaves found in wetter northern climates.
Saguaro cactus with owl at Saguaro National Park in Arizona, USA. In the background are the red flag leaves of the grey Ocotillo cactus which looks half dead except when when there is sufficient rainfall to allow it to put out a few leaves.
Sketch of a Saguaro, the cactus with multiple arms, with the notes that the cactus is pinky crimson on the spiky edges on one side, possibly the north side. This Prickly Pear cactus sports an disapproving face at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden, Mexico. A different type of Prickly Pear cactus in Huatalco, Mexico. These spikes look so soft and fuzzy you want to pet them, but they attach themselves to you in an instant and you will be pulling them out of your skin for hours. Inked Collograph plate of a Prickly Pear cactus for printing. Cholla cactus, Green Valley, Arizona. Sketch of Cholla cactus catching the morning light. Sketch of a Staghorn Cholla, Opuntia versicolor, which grows up to six feet high. More of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Light or Lime Green