My experience in observing these May Bloomers always makes me want to grab my camera, jump in the truck and head for the country roadsides. This merry month of May, I have been observing the cactus and wildflowers from behind the wheel or as a passenger.
One word keeps me in the truck and off the roadside prickly pear patches...TIME. Not only is it Time for the Prickly Bloomers, it is Time for Sneaky Snakes. A one Time encounter was plenty for this photographer.
It's just as well I don't have Time in my work schedule to go gallivanting around the countryside taking MORE photos of prickly pear cacti. You can compare it to the recent 'One Thousand Posts' post. Just substitute Prickly Pear for Posts.
Now when you pick a pawpaw...or a prickly pear.
And you prick a raw paw...well, next time beware.
Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw.
When you pick a pear try to use the claw.
But you don't need to use the claw...
When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw.
Have I given you a clue?
Mowgli: Golly, thanks Baloo. Bagheera: PawPaw, ha! Of all the silly gibberish.
The Jungle Book