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Cactus Power

Prickly pear cacti mingle with wildflowers.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center isn’t just about, well, wildflowers.

Lace cacti

I also was intrigued with the plethora (yep, it’s my $1 word) of cacti there.

Blooms in different stages on a prickly pear cactus

I’ve seen fruit on a prickly pear cactus before, but this was the first time that blooms caught my eye.

Love the dash of color!

They made the lowly cacti look downright lovely!

Blooming cacti

Yellow cactus flowers were sprinkled here and there, brightening the landscape. The color palette made me smile.

A bee and a bug share some space.

As for these guys?

What an unusual-looking bug!

They liked them, too!

A Walk Bears Fruit

A sign at an entrance to UTSA’s campus

While the Mister and our younger son enjoyed sweet slumber last Sunday morning in our hotel room, I ventured out to clear my head during a five-mile walk on the University of Texas at San Antonio’s campus.

I made sure to wave when I walked past my older son’s dorm, not that he was stirring at that early hour.

A brightly painted mural

There was little activity on campus as I walked and not much that caught my eye and my iPhone 4’s camera. Oh, I did admire this beautiful mural (by Santa Contreras Barraza) on the ceiling of a small rotunda outside the biosciences building.

Heavy metal

As well as this interesting metal sculpture, which was near the mural. Otherwise, the landscape was fairly unremarkable.

Prickly pear cacti abound.

Unless you were into cacti! I found patches of the prickly pear variety almost everywhere I walked. It’s the one plant that actually is thriving during our drought.

These cacti come bearing fruit!

I was particularly intrigued by some of the cacti, which were sprouting red fruit.

Prickly pear fruit add color to the usual green of the plant.

Not only was the fruit’s color a nice contrast to the cacti’s green, but it definitely gave a lift to the parched, brown grass.

The fruit nestles between the cactus leaves.

It gave my photographic spirits a lift, too!