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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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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 2 years ago

    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.)

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devinealmost 2 years ago

    Well named, because it looks a bit gory! Are you aware of the way this plant has become an environmental pest in Australia? Just proves again how Californian plant like Australia and vice versa! Good to see you breaking the posting drought, Celeste!

  • Thanks for the great comment, Bette! Yes, I read about the way these cacti have become a pest in Australia. They are not especially well-behaved here either. :) This is from my archives. I’ve been dealing with health issues and unable to get out with my camera for some time, unfortunately.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • debidabble
    debidabblealmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture, Celeste! Love the color contrast and texture!

  • Thanks very much, Lynn!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakalmost 2 years ago

    Great title for a most interesting and unusual capture, Celeste. It’s great to see that you’re posting again!

  • Thanks very much, Anita! I pulled this from my archives because I thought it was a good fit for a particular challenge.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 2 years ago

    Great find, not something I would ever see!

  • Thank you! These are heartier than some cacti but still nothing you would see in a cold climate (assuming that’s your case).

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 2 years ago

    Great work and clarity. I have never seen this close up before. Beautiful.

  • Thank you, Joy! We have lots of these in my area, but the “bleeding” was a little unusual and seemed worth capturing.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoalmost 2 years ago

    Good found my friend! Amazing plant

  • Thanks very much, Felix! Although they are common in my area, I agree they are amazing plants.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Poplealmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful study of this unusual fruit Celeste . . Love the detail . .x

  • Thank you, Teresa! The fruit is common here, but I suspect it would not grow in England. ;)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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