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Blossoming Prickly Pear

Despite its incredibly fierce passive/aggressive defense, the Prickly Pear Cactus sprouts a very delicate flower about this time every spring. These are a few growing around the perimeter of the Snow to Sun RV Resort’s leash-free dog park and birding center. Prickly Pear blossoms begin opening in the Rio Grande Valley late March. By the end of June to the middle of July tunas will be ripe for harvest and turned into a delicious wine.

Prickly Pear Cactus blossoms

Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

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Orange Beach, Alabama

Orange Beach, Alabama the day Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida.

The day Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, I was at Orange Beach, Alabama – just a couple miles from Florida’s westernmost border in the panhandle. The circular bands of clouds give only the barest hint of the massive scale of the storm. Winds were relatively calm in Alabama and nary a drop of rain fell all day.

 

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Weed in the Rocks

Weed growing in a rock gardenPlant and attempt to cultivate something in these desert rocks and it will soon die, but weeds, unattended, grow and thrive. Is this some sort of life-defining metaphor?

Resilient

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Windy Winter Day – Gulf Shores, Alabama

Surf at Gulf Shores, AlabamaWaves on the Gulf were 5 to 6 feet high with 20 m.p.h. winds following a very stormy night in late January. The photo was taken with my cell phone from the beach in front of the Sea-n-Suds Restaurant where we had breakfast.

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Sonora Street

Sonora Street, Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Casual Sunday morning on Sonora Street in Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The photo could have been taken in the 1950’s, but it was only two weeks ago in February, 2015. As always, click on the photo to see a larger image.

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Patterns, Textures, Shapes and Forms in the Sand

Pattern in the sand at South Padre Island, TX.

An unintentional visual theme developed itself during the day while I explored the dunes at South Padre Island, Texas. Some of the photos look as if they could have been taken from the space station, others produce close-up silhouettes of plants in their shadows. A couple of the photos show the sand being blown across the frame; you can almost feel the sting as the wind whips it into your skin.

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