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Very Prickly

I had the opportunity to shoot Texas Wildflowers during a recent trip to Big Bend National Park. I’ have posted quite a few stories about this trip recently. While doing some editing I ran across this Engelmann’s Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia engelmannii var. engelmannii) and I thought it would make a good post. This image gives you a good idea how new spines are grown. I especially like the detail at the base of the spine so I added a second image to showcase that very prickly detail.

Engelman's Prickly Pear Cactus - Big Bend NP / Cattail Falls Trail
Engelman’s Prickly Pear Cactus – Big Bend NP / Cattail Falls Trail
Engelman's Prickly Pear Cactus Detail
Engelman’s Prickly Pear Cactus Detail

This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using my EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/14, shutter speed at 1/160 and ISO at 100. I used my Canon MT-24 Twin Flash to light the subject. Post-processing was done in Lightroom only.

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