Prickly pear Cactus in Galápagos

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Scanned from a 6 x 6 slide from the year 1967
An endemic cactus it is also the most common cactus in the Galápagos islands. It grows like a shrub, except on islands where herbivores are a threat then the trunks can grow to 5 ft tall. The Prickly Pear Cactus is the staple of the Land Iguanas & Tortoises' diet. Their flat jointed stems covered with small stiff hairs and spines identify the cacti.

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Comments (20)

Eva Lewitus on July 10, 2012

It wasn't until 1574 when the name "Islands of Galapagos" (Island of Tortoises) or "Encantadas" first appeared on a map and stayed that way.

Eva Lewitus on July 10, 2012

Can somebody help me with the blue link? I can´t do it!!! If you want to read more about Galápagos, here is a very good link: Galapagos Islands cruises

javad aleali on July 10, 2012

Great photo


Eva Lewitus on July 10, 2012

Thank you so much, javad Ale ali, Greetings


Kisanna on July 10, 2012

Wonderful... LIKE! All the best, Anna

Eva Lewitus on July 10, 2012

Thanks Anna, ♥ Eva

Marcel Kraan on July 11, 2012

Very nice light and sharpening depth. Don't touch them please. L3.

Eva Lewitus on July 11, 2012

Thanks Marcel They really defend themselves!

Euer Ehren on July 11, 2012

Na. den möchte man am liebsten streicheln :-)
Schönes Foto. Das ist mir doch glatt ein LIKE #4 wert.
Grüße aus Würzburg,

Eva Lewitus on July 11, 2012

Mit einer Pinzette in der anderen Hand! Vielen Dank EE
Mit Grüssen an Würzburg von Lima,
♥ Eva

veranik on July 12, 2012

Hi, sunny baby! :)



Eva Lewitus on July 12, 2012

I like your comment! Thank you veranik

Eva Lewitus on July 12, 2012

Thanks veranik. You know, I think it is a "baby" cactus. But I wouldn´t caress it!
♥ Eva

Dana Valentova on July 14, 2012

Hello Eva. I like. L+F! Greetings, Dana

Eva Lewitus on July 14, 2012

Thanks, Dana,
Greetings to lovely Prague! ♥ Eva

sogesehen on July 15, 2012

Micky Mouse :) F Manfred

Eva Lewitus on July 15, 2012

Ja! Wirklich!
Danke F Manfred.
♥ Eva

Joan Crits on July 22, 2012

La luz! ...siempre la luz.

Ravensoord on June 8, 2013

Very beautiful the light, exposure you have made here. So, the Galápagos islands too have plants like this one instead of those monstreous but kind well known animals :-)

Greeting from the Netherlands, Peter

Eva Lewitus on June 8, 2013

Crits. Sí, la luz es tan importante!
Peter Thank you. The plants are also interesting, because they have adapted themselves to their environment too, and by environment the animals are included. But, they are not as interesting to most of the visitors there, as the animals.

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