this is superb stella. i love it. prickly pear? they have ripped out most of it along the highways here. there used to be heaps.
Well spotted! You're so good with your plant and animal knowledge. It's everywhere over here still. I wouldn't like to have the job of ripping it out. I wonder if they had to burn them after ripping them out to stop them from growing?
I actually looked up "purfyelle" in the dictionary--I guess I will have to tool around your blog a bit more to figure out what it means. Love the cactus, BTW.
Purfylle means 'to embellish' and used to be used in a myriad of ways to describe everything from embellishment such as embroidery to decorative architectural features. The spelling has changed a lot over time and today is mostly commonly spelt purfil and is used to describe the pretty scroll work on violins. The spelling with a y and double l is rather old fashioned. You can find out more on the Purfylle about page :o) I'm so excited you were curious!
Prickly pear! I made myself so ill on these as a teen touring in Africa, bad memories!
Oh dear! You must have enjoyed them at first.
Lovely photo. I have never heard of prickly pear
They're part of the opuntia family which is the cactus for growing the cochineal insect.
thanks Kim :o)
Amazing detail, I love the contrast in colours Thank you for linking up
Pretty. Nicely shot macro of a prickly pear!Thank you for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/03/flying-high.html
Nice shot :-)
Cool. Are they flowers or berries.
They're a fruit about the size of a small plum
can you eat them?
If you're brave enough to get past all the nasty glochids in the skin they are very nice to eat.
Lovely color highlighted by that good weather =)
The weather is always good here, were dreaming of rain.
These are really tasty and consistency of a fir kiwi.
I've only eaten dragon fruit before, the glochids on these are just too intimidating. I'm sure there's a trick to it.
Great photo. I,too, looked up the definition of your title.... happy that you explained it to Brooke. Enjoy your day!
I'm on a mission to bring purfylle back into common use!