When I first saw this cactus I thought it was strung with festive lights. As I walked closer I realized it is a cactus that is loaded with fruit. I had never seen a cactus with fruit placed like this. Usually the fruit is in clusters - not marching up the spine like this. Interesting, yes?
I'm a transplanted New Yorker who loves the Tucson climate. On New Year's Day I have a bit of fun calling my (snowbound) east coast friends to announce that I'm drinking coffee while sitting on my patio. (: