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…
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
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