I thought the color of these newly-forming Opuntia paddles was neat, so I took a quick pic. Like most opuntias, these have tiny thick leaves as they emerge, which quickly fall off, leaving the big round (thorny!) pads.
"Great picture, Joseph. We had one in our garden about 3 weeks ago and it startled me when I suddenly saw it on the tomato plant I was tending. I love that they eat the bad bugs in the garden. But I must say that I was horrified recently when I saw a…"