This native plant (Opuntia basiliaris), "beavertail cactus" is very popular in landscapes and public plantings too. The large flowers are an incredibly bright magenta pink and occur in early spring. So beautiful!
"I would also feel really lost in such a bleak environment. We were in Germany across the street from the barracks in 1972 living in German rental housing. Lots of chain link & barb wire for a view. Wouldn't want to be stationed in the…"