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A change in scale

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Prickly Pear Spine Emerging from Snow 2034

After the large live oak tree that you saw last time doused in white during the snowfall of February 23, 2010, here’s a change in scale to a prickly pear cactus spine emerging from the snow on that same afternoon.


I’m away from home. You’re welcome to leave comments, but please understand if I’m slow in responding.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 22, 2015 at 5:12 AM

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  1. Maybe this is where Mother Nature files her leaves.


    February 22, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    • How clever of you to note the similarity. I don’t know about leaves, but I file my photographs.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2015 at 12:15 PM

  2. Adore the symbolism, especially after last night’s snowstorm and freezing rain to follow–all in the hope that they provide a path to Spring.


    February 22, 2015 at 8:07 AM

  3. Oh, this one got me. What a riot to see only the spine sticking out! Great stuff, Steve. So, when are you coming back? Are you coming back?


    February 22, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    • It seems your second question should come first, no? Yes, I’ll be back, and by this coming weekend, though it’s hard for me to believe the time has passed so quickly.

      Good to hear this spine got to you in a metaphorical way rather than the literal one I’m used to with prickly pears.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2015 at 12:29 PM

  4. This is a very pointed reminder that spring is lurking beneath all the snow and ice.

    Steve Gingold

    February 23, 2015 at 3:39 AM

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