Prickly Pear Cactus in New York

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© Kevin Kabuki
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UploadedMay 24, 2009
TakenMay 23, 2009
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Exposure1/640 sec at f/5
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Focal Length70 mm
ISO200
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...with four new lobes growing.
Most locals scoff when I tell them that there is prickly pear in New York.
The Southern exposure of the peaks of the Hudson Highlands is very conducive to these little cacti, and on this particular ridge, their sporadic growth was limited to an area less than 100X100 ft.
To complete the whole desert feel, 5 lined skinks race about the rocks. No shots of them today, they are simply too skittish and too fast.

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  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (23 May 2009):

    Cool shot. I'm a believer.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (24 May 2009):

    HA.....they scoffed from as far away as Idaho!! Great shot, Kevin...sure wish I could see a skink---do they really have them in New York?????

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (25 May 2009):

    Nice shot! That looks like Opuntia humifusa, native of the USA, east of the rockies. Those are four nice buds on that stem, and should make a stunning yellow flowering photo soon! :-)

  • Matt.

    Matt. (Deleted) gave props (28 Jun 2009):

    Interesting.

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