Prickly Pear  by loey5150

Prickly Pear

There are still many clumps of this prickly pear by the side of the roads and in the fields.
This plant was introduced to Australia on the first fleet with Captain Cook.
It soon took over as a weed and covered many hundreds of thousands of acres of land, growing to 10ft and so thick it was impenetrable.
It is now kept under control by a parasite that lives on the flesh of the plant.
See the 2 links below for more interesting information
I love this picture... the sky is very striking. :)
June 11th, 2010  
They are an ugly plant.I love this pic though,the mixture of colours and textures are stunning!
June 11th, 2010  
I love the composition!! :D The plant kinda looks lonely... :P
June 11th, 2010  
I love the composition and the light! Beautifully done!
June 11th, 2010  
June 11th, 2010  
I love this photo! It's such a stark and stricking landscape. I really hope to visit Australia someday!
June 11th, 2010  
This is sooooooo interesting; thanks so much for including the history with your photo. I think it is fascinating how plants were introduced from one place to another and the consequences that have happened ever since. In this country Kudzu was introduced to stableize the soil and it has gotten out of control and covers acre after acre after acres times tens of thousands of acres down South. Some people say that kudzu is "eating" up the South.
June 12th, 2010  
Love the light nd shadows, well taken Lois.
June 12th, 2010  
It's interesting to think how this one plant popped up in this isolated spot. A seed dropped by a low-flying bird? For what ever reason, it took hold and now stands firm, I'm guessing for many years.
June 14th, 2010  
This is nice. The Prickly Pear, there, alone... further out, the tree.... there is such beauty in the simplest of shots.
June 15th, 2010  
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