June 13, 2019

Prickly Pear Cactus

Yesterday, I needed to go into town to do some errands, and took the opportunity to visit a local nature preserve to see what might be blooming.  What a delightful surprise to find prickly pear cactus in full bloom!  The colors ranged from pale lemon to a golden yellow, all shades of pink from pale to fuchsia, and even some light orange or apricot color.  I was wearing sandals, so I had to pick my way very carefully between the cactus plants, and and at the same time, keeping an eye out for a possible snake encounter.  Below are some of the best blooms.  My next post will feature what I encountered hiking part way up into the mountains today. 

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