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.