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Two tuna takes today, Tuesday

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Tuna is the Aztec-to-Spanish-to English name for the fruit of the prickly pear cactus. Tunas start out green and ripen to various shades of red. Here are two rather abstract takes on Opuntia engelmannii from my neighborhood on August 3rd. In the first, I focused on the tip of an adjacent spine. In the second and much closer view of a different tuna, you see a clump of the short spines called glochids (with the ch pronounced k, as in other words of Greek origin like chasm, stomach, and psychology). Shadows, which are many a photographer’s delight, including mine, play a role in both of these portraits.

Here’s a little-known fact from American history: I certainly wasn’t taught in elementary school, high school, or even college, that before the end of slavery in the United States some free blacks (many actually of mixed race) owned slaves themselves. Hard to believe, isn’t it? And yet it turns out to be true: a thoroughly footnoted 1985 book confirms the practice in one state, South Carolina, via census data, bills of sale, wills, letters, and other documents. It just goes to show that people are people.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 18, 2020 at 4:30 AM

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