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Prickly pears blooming on a foggy June morning

Prickly pear cactus blooms beginning to unfold on Lewes Beach. BY DENNIS FORNEY
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June 1, 2012

1 June 2012 • ANOTHER FOGGY MORNING

A quiet morning today, thick fog muffling most of the sound.  Even the shrill cries of ospreys soak quickly into the gray.  I did come across a patch of blooming prickly pear cactuses on Lewes Beach.  Their blossoms haven't unfolded completely but it's still amazing to me how those flat and flaccid cactus leaves of winter can produce these thick and supple yellow flowers of summer.  One of these days I'll try one of the prickly pear fruits that comes along after the blossoms.  I wonder how they would pair with Magee's strawberries, or even with the coming crop of beach plums, for a multi-fruited wild beach brandy.

God bless Captain Bly!