Prickly pear cactus (opuntia), captured as-is – really! Photographed in the cactus garden of South Coast Botanic Garden (Palos Verdes, California, USA). No Photoshop nudging or squishing, just a slight crop and minor sharpening. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 35mm macro, f/4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100, late afternoon sun, handheld)
Dedicated to the one and only Elton John, who had a hit song titled “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” a duet with Kiki Dee recorded in 1976.
Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (October 2013)
Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Hearts in Nature” challenge in Backyard Macro and Closeups group (February 2014)
Top 10 in “Something Beginning with ‘H’” challenge in Country Gardens Come Grow With Us group (February 2014)
Top 10 in “Cacti & Succulents” challenge in Monochrome in Color (October 2013)
Featured in Backyard Macro & Closeups (9 March 2014)
Featured in International Women’s Photography (22 October 2013)
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