Prickly Pear Cactus In Bloom

The warm sunny day was alive with the energy of growing things. insects flew about their business in pursuit of pollen. The coolness of Spring was giving way to the unrelenting heat of another Texas summer. Before the heat overtakes everything, I went out for a walk and noticed prickly pear cactus blooming in my pasture. Since the blooms last only a single day, I got my camera to record their fleeting moment in the sun.

When all of the blooming is done, the fruit of the cactus will be ready to harvest. The fruit called tunas, tastes like kiwi or watermelon. The pads of the plant can also be eaten and taste like green beans. Of course you have to be careful handling these plants – why do you think they call them prickly! There were honey bees inside some of the flowers but they were so deep, I was not able to get a bee and flower photo. I’m not sure how many more blooms are left for this year.    

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