National Geographic : 1925 Sep
Natural Color Photographs by Jacob Gayer BEAUTY IN A WEARY LAND This small, cylindrical, densely spiny cactus (Coryphantha neomexicana) adorns the sparsely covered rocky slopes of the foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains near Carlsbad Cavern, New Mexico. It is inconspicuous except in blossom time, when its brilliant flowers, massed thickly at the top of the somber-colored plant, vary the dull monotony of the brown landscape. AMELON INBLOOM This small, grayish-green, globular cactus (Echinocactus horizonthalonius) is a familiar sight on theplains near theGuadalupe foothills. Itsbril liant blooms are massedatthe top, forming acrown ofglory. The fruit, little less conspicuous than theflower, consists oflarge oblong berries which turn crimsonor vermilion asthey ripen.