Photo of the Week – May 11, 2012

Can you tell what this is?

What is this?

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!

3 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – May 11, 2012

  1. Brodie May 11, 2012 / 8:01 am

    Yep, I guessed it, because I have prickly pears in my cactus garden and have had hands full of glochids many times. Neat photo; you could submit it to a company that designs wallpaper. Heh heh.

  2. Trey Davis May 11, 2012 / 9:40 am

    Thanks Chris for the great photo, question, and life history note.

  3. Daniel Thompson May 11, 2012 / 10:52 pm

    I, too, guessed correctly, maybe because I lived in TX for over 25 years. Only recently have I learned to describe the burning of above ground plants is described as a top kill. Always love the photographs and text.

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