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Displaced prickly pear

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Prickly Pear Cactus Stranded in Tree 3791

When I visited McKinney Falls State Park in southeast Austin on March 13th, Onion Creek, which passes through the park, was tame, but the adjacent vegetation gave a different message, one of the creek having recently flowed through more rapidly, and tangles of debris in various trees bespoke a much higher level of water. Whether this ailing prickly pear cactus, Opuntia engelmannii, was already growing in the tree before the deluge—yes, such things are possible—or whether the flood uprooted it from elsewhere and deposited it in these bare branches, I can’t say.

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I’m out of town for a few days. Feel free to leave comments, but it may take me a while to answer them.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 13, 2014 at 6:03 AM

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