Prickly pear cactus is a common sight in Southern California, and sometimes the ripe fruit splits in the heat of the sun and “bleeds” as this one is doing. (The fruit is edible, as are the green pads, or “nopales,” although care must be taken to fully remove the spiny parts.) (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 215mm [430mm in full-frame 35mm equivalent], f/5.1, 1/800 sec., ISO 100, midday sun, handheld.)
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