Can you tell what this is?
Need a hint?
I photographed it last week in a recently-burned sand prairie along the Platte River in Nebraska.
Think you know? Read on to find out.
This is a photo of a prickly pear cactus pad a month or so after a prescribed fire. Typically, fire topkills cacti in our prairies, but they survive and regrow. In fact, below this burned and discolored pad, there was a tiny little new pad starting to emerge from the ground.
Have a great weekend!