The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Street Vendor

Tunas vendor in Pachuca (near Mexico City)
Opuntia species are the most cold-tolerant of the lowland cacti, extending into western and southern Canada; one subspecies, Opuntia fragilis var. fragilis, has been found growing along the Beatton River in central British Columbia, southwest of Cecil Lake.

Prickly pears also produce a fruit that is commonly eaten in Mexico, known as tuna; it also is used to make aguas frescas. The fruit can be red, wine-red, green or yellow-orange.

Charles Darwin was the first to note that these cacti have thigmotactic anthers: when the anthers are touched, they curl over, depositing their pollen. This movement can be seen by gently poking the anthers of an open Opuntia flower. The same trait has evolved convergently in other cacti (e.g. Lophophora). [Wiki]


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5 comments :

Sensaciones en Imagenes said...

Curiosa foto Carraol pero no se yo si viendo a este tipo con esa cara y con el cuter en la mano, yo no me hubiese atrevido a echarle la foto.
Saludos.

AGMPRISMA said...

Me encanta el tratamiento que le das a la foto, ahora no se que pasa con la foto que se mueve, espera no se mueve esta bailando un merengue, haber..
me sube la bilirubina.jjj
Un saludo.

Pd No se me olvidara jamas el año que triunfo esta canción tenia yo alerdedor de 14 años.

brattcat said...

interesting shot, fascinating facts.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Interesting image, and it's great to have the happy music to listen to while absorbing the photo!

Luis Gomez said...

Excellent post Carraol! Great image and wonderful info.

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