[By Nic Lindh on Tuesday, 18 April 2006]
It’s the time of the year when the cactuses of the Sonoran desert bloom, and while not exactly a riot of color, there’s something very special about seeing the rugged and blandly colored plants extrude fragile flowers.
Prickly Pear in bloom. Click for larger view.
And here’s a closer shot of one of the flowers:
Mmm … buttery. Click for larger view.
According to the always interesting Wikipedia, the almost-invisible hairy spines on genus Opuntia are called glochids. They’re what you spend quite a lot of time removing from your skin with a pair of tweezers if you get too close to one of these bad boys.