On Saskatchewan grassland hillsides, along the edges of the prairie, the Prickly Pear Cactus is coming into bloom. Low growing, hidden in grasses, the fragile beauty of these silky yellow flowers are in sharp (yeah, I know) contrast to their long (*painful) spines.
|Prickly Pear Cactus, June 2013, Grasslands. © SB|
(*painful, I know... I got stabbed taking these pictures, and for several days, a piece of cactus spine remained embedded in my left thumb.)
Seen on the Public Pastures-Public Interest 2013 Prairie Passages Tour. For more on the tour and updates on the work of PPPI and the future of the PFRA pastures, see Trevor Herriot's Grass Notes, and Pasture Posts.
Prairie Wildflower: Prickly Pear Cactus
Location: 70-Mile Butte, Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada
Photo Date: June 25, 2013.