During our February 2015 trip to San Miguel de Allende we visited El Charco Del Ingenio, a renowned botanical gardens important for it’s collection of endemic as well as rescued cacti. There are greenhouses which contain important specimens, outdoor collections in well managed garden beds, and of course a coffee shop, collectibles store and also a display of small cacti for sale in pots. Unfortunately it is illegal to take cacti out of Mexico and the penalties can be severe. So we just had to look. In addition there is a very large nature preserve riddled with hiking trails and wonderful views of canyons, the city of San Miguel de Allende, a hacienda ruins and cactus habitat. The grounds are so extensive and wonderful we spent two days of our 10-day vacation at El Charco Del Ingenio.
Prickly pear cactus in dry grasslands. Natural habitat at El Charco del Ingenio, Jardin Botanico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
A rescued cactus, probably taken from a building site or highway construction. This is Echinocactus grusonii or the Golden Barrel Cactus.
Visit my website gallery El Charco Del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende for images from this beautiful location.
Also visit my website gallery San Miguel de Allende to see images from the town itself.
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New in my Getty Images portfolio:
I subjected two of my cactus photographs to some “artistic” photoshopping and came up with Hedgehog Cactus Abstract and Pincushion Cactus Abstract. Not only do they make nice prints which I displayed at the West End Studio Tour last September (2011) but now they have also been added to my Getty Images portfolio.
Hedgehog Cactus Abstract.
Pincushion Cactus Abstract.
Click on image to go to the same image in my Getty Images portfolio.
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