If there is one reason to wear long pants when you hike in the desert, it’s the prickly pear. They are everywhere and their spikes are very long and sharp.
I cannot count the number of times I have been concentrating on making an image and I go to move my tripod just a little bit, take a step, and *wham* prickly pear in the ankle.
Or even worse — have you ever done this? — you decide you want a low angle so you crouch down and *wham* prickly pear in the bum. Ya, well, it’s not nearly as funny when it happens 😉
There are many different varieties of the prickly pear – this one has red spines. I made this image with the sun setting behind the cactus so the backlight would make the red spines glow. Please click the image to view a larger version.
Isn’t that sweet? I think?