Anyway, I've been taking a lot of pictures with my handy dandy cell phone and not putting them up.
Here I present: SKY
Have I mentioned that it's been raining lately?
Prickly Pear cactus. The pads are protected by some serious spines, but they're edible. They're called "nopales" in Spanish, and taste sorta like green beans with, I think, a little okra thrown in. In times of drought, ranchers will bulldoze tall piles of the cactus in pastures and then burn off the spines. The cattle can eat it after the spines are burned off. Some of the cattle learn ot like the cactus pads so much that they'll try to eat them before the spines are off. Not a good thing.
This is it's flower. Pretty, isn't it? Cactus have some of the loveliest flowers. When the fruit sets, they look like green wine goblets. They're attached to the pads, and have a small declivity on the top. They also come equipped with spines. Thier fruits are purple/red when ripe and full of seeds. They're tasty though. My grandfather showed us how to pick and eat the fruits. We just had to cut the fruits off the pads into a bowl, then sit down with a pair of tongs and either burn off or peel off the spines on the skin. The fruits are not sticky sweet, but is a treat. They make a wonderful jelly.