I'm a photographer in Tucson, Arizona and the Sonoran Desert is a beautiful and diverse place to live. More than 100 reptiles, 2,000 native plants, 60 mammals, and 350 birds call this desert home, not only surviving here, but thriving — as long as their habitats remain intact.

0048 – Prickly Pear

These are the bases of where the fruit is normally found. Once the fruit falls off, this is what remains which I find just as interesting as the rest of the plant.