Even Spines were Cute Once

One of the more fun things about the spring is the new growth on the Prickly Pear cactus, Opuntia humifusa. The color is great – a bright fresh green, but then there are the baby spines. They are just soft little protrusions. Having pulled Prickly Pear spines out of tennis shoes and the enclosed foot several times, knowing that the spines start life soft and cute is just ironic.