Where in the world is sclerocactus glaucus?
I was excited about the rare cactus (common name: uinta basin hookless cactus), until I tried to find it. Last week I spent and hour and a half looking for it with a picture of it I got from the internet. I was so excited I forgot to put on boots. If you live in cactus country, don't wear sneakers—the spines on the prickly pear (it's everywhere) go right through the sides of sneakers—Ouch!
Yesterday Barb and I went out together armed with several more pictures, boots, plus other materials telling where to look and the cactus' size. It's only 1 to 2 1/2" in diameter and about the same height. It's a grey/green color so when not flowering, it blends in with soil and rocks. I'm becoming an expert on sclerocactus and the many varieties of same. We went back and forth, scanning every square inch in the area the surveyor described and after another hour and a half, no cactus. No cactus we were looking for anyway.
We'll have to go back and focus on another spot—maybe the surveyor's description is wrong or I misinterpreted it. The boots I wore this time have softer rubber soles and the prickly pear spines stick into the soles (better than my feet) and have to be pulled out. Barb wore Sorels and the hard neoprene soles fend off the spines better. Next time, Sorels for me!
Not only is this developer stuff hard, so is being a conservationist! When I retired I could have taken up bingo and shuffleboard though I would have needed a lobotomy first. That's still an option I suppose. Does Medicare pay for that?