On the Copperfield Nature Trail
On April 30, Eve and I made only our second visit to the Copperfield Nature Trail on the prairie in northeast Austin. From time to time along the way we ate some southern dewberries, Rubus trivialis. At one point Eve walked ahead while I took pictures, and when I caught up afterwards she called my attention to a prickly pear cactus flowering in a dewberry patch. The sawtooth-margined compound leaves you see here are all from dewberry vines. Note the prickly pear pad to the left of the reddest dewberry fruit and another beneath the flower. The cactus pads have straight spines and the dewberry canes are covered with curved prickles, so all in all this was one forbidding patch.
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman