This is one of the many things which fascinate us about the harshness of the Desert. This Prickly Pear is growing out of a crack in solid rock, gets about 5 inches of rain upon it a year, endures no moisture whatsoever sometimes for several months on end, yet, without fail, for about two weeks out of each year, it will produce flowers of the most incredible, deepest color imaginable. We encountered this one on a nature trail walkway built last year between Laughlin, NV, and Davis Dam, which impounds the water of Lake Mohave, about 2 miles north of town. Below, a shot of Davis Dam on the downstream side, seen from the Nature Walk Trail. The dam itself is not the big concrete structure, but rather the brownish-colored area having the flat, horizontal top, visible just to left of two red-colored thingies atop a gantry crane. The concrete is the spillway system, in place to allow diversion of excess water not usable to turn the generators, when they are at capacity. There are 5 generators, tops visible just below those red things. What is being seen here, is the Colorado River flowing out of the turbo-generators, noted by the frothy-white water appearance below the generators. At this time, flow is quite low, perhaps 15,000 cubic feet per second or so. From here the river flows southward into Lake Havasu, which is formed by Parker Dam, the last in the series damming the Colorado.