Tuna on a Bald Prickly Pear Cactus

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This is a close shot on the fruit of the Bald (Spineless) Prickly Pear cactus. I haven’t ever eaten the fruit off this specimen. I have eaten tunas before. Meh. They are plain with big seeds. They have about as much flavor as my Turk’s Cap berries.

Also, I don’t find clear evidence that this specimen’s fruits are edible. Maybe it doesn’t matter if it has spines or not. Still not going to test that theory using my stomach.

Gardens at Alcatraz

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I enjoyed learning about the gardening program prisoners back in the day at Alcatraz. And I’m glad that the current caretakers are continuing the tradition of beautification and protection of the tiny island

My challenge with these pictures was to combine the macro shots with a sense of location. Sometimes I shoot macro stuff just to show the detail of something. But this time I thought it was important to give a sense of the total environment.

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And here’s one shot to show the scene as I was interpreting it.

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Small flora in Portland.

Nothing earth-shattering here, folks. Just some mushrooms and stuff.

These look poisonous. So I didn't try to eat them or anything crazy.
These look poisonous. So I didn’t try to eat them or anything crazy.
I went looking for Smurfs when I saw this one. Then I realized that Smurfs don't live in Oregon. They live in medieval Belgium.
I went looking for Smurfs when I saw this one. Then I realized that Smurfs don’t live in Oregon. They live in medieval Belgium.
Cute, squishy ground cover.
Cute, squishy ground cover.
What if this isn't moss? What if it is pretty mold?  We all should contemplate our feelings about mold now.
What if this isn’t moss? What if it is pretty mold? We all should contemplate our feelings about mold now.