Beautiful afternoon light in the Ladder Canyon slot. We climbed up and down half a dozen ladders on this hike, and the baby thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Stage IV of an artichoke. Have you ever seen this "vegetable" in full bloom? It's a showstopper! And kind of punk rock. 😉 I always grow more than I can eat because half of them end up in bouquets around the house.
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Stage III of an artichoke, and another anatomical tidbit for you... Since it's a flower, does that mean the "leaves" (the part we pull off to dip in a delicious sauce and eat) are actually petals? No, in fact, they're bracts — scale-like structures that protect the flower itself.
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Stage II of an artichoke, and an interesting tidbit... While we consider an artichoke to be a vegetable, it's actually a thistle and the part that we eat is actually the flower bud!
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Sometimes I feel like my purple artichokes are simply too pretty to pick and eat.
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Vung Tau, Vietnam... and that's a wrap with our vacation! Not a bad way to end it.
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