The prickly pears are in full bloom and are amazingly beautiful. The number of flowers on the plants just blows me away.
The flowers, up close and personal, are suprisingly complex and detailed. They are also bee magnets, and I sure hope they are making phenomenal honey off these types of buggers. I didn't manage to catch a pollen dude in action, but I've seen plenty out in the yard enjoying themselves. These cacti appear to be spineless, but they actually have very small spines that will get a person pretty good if you get too close. Mostly, the spines are just supposed to spontaneously fall off as a mutation that was performed to try and make a desert plant that could be used to feed livestock. I prefer bees in my backyard to cattle, though.
The "pears" are also are pretty nifty looking. Sometimes called "cactus figs", I would suggest being extra careful with the peeling of these before munching down.
The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers
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