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Spike

One thing – OK, maybe it is the main thing – that I like about the desert is the way everything’s spiky. It’s like it doesn’t really care if you visit or not, but if you do, it’ll be on the desert’s terms and not yours. No soft grass to lie in or any of that sort of thing. I mean, even the fence sections are pointed…

Shafter, Texas
photographed 11.4.2017

Inhospitable

It’s a harsh world, out there in the desert…

Alpine, Texas
photographed 12.23.2018

Nopales

I took myself on a bit of photo walk when I was in Marfa, and that’s how I spotted these cacti, happy in their spot in front of Cobra Rock Boot Company. You should probably go see them for yourself. (And look at those great boots, too, while you’re there.)

outside Cobra Rock Boot Company
Marfa, Texas
photographed 11.3.2017

The prickly hearts

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Perhaps there’s a botanist out there who can explain this – why the normally oval prickly pear pads sometimes take on a heart shape.

But until we know the reason, let’s just appreciate them for what they are.

Canyon of the Eagles resort
Lake Buchanan, Texas
photographed 11.28.2014

Serrated edges

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I don’t particularly want to admit how, exactly, I know this, but the edges of this plant are as sharp as they look….

Canyon of the Eagles Resort
Lake Buchanan, Texas
photographed 11.28.2014

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