Ripe prickly pear fruit

Ripe prickly pear fruit
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I tried a prickly pear or tuna fruit a couple of times when I was young. The red flesh of the fruits I tasted were tart and strong, a most overpowering flavour, but what what fascinated me the most about them was to see them being plucked off a cactus. Tuna fruit grow on paddle cactus (opuntia) and to to see something come off a seemingly barren desert plant, and be so colourful and flavourful, was an unexpected experience.

That’s not completely unexpected, I guess, when you consider how much the dark red fruits stand out from the pale green of the parent cactus plant. The prickly pear truly is a blossoming fruit of the desert, calling out to the creatures of the sands to come and taste and spread the seed within. This is quite the wonder of nature and I never tire of seeing pictures of this strange little red desert fruit.

Costumed women at the Burning Man festival

Costumed women at the Burning Man festival
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These two provocatively costumed women standing against the desolate flat desert plain of the Burningman festival lends an appropriate gravity and scale to the proceedings. Makes you realise how vast the event must be, spread out on that empty piece of land. They’re both wearing black gloves, black panties, hats, various belts. One wears a red bra, fur boots, striped stockings with red ribbons tied around her legs. The other wears a black bra, red and black striped stockings, and very futuristic military-style boots. They are quite the striking sight, making Burning Man and its costumed women seem even more like something straight out of a post-apocalyptic science fiction movie like Mad Max or Waterworld.