The fertile fields near Watsonville, California along the rolling hills overlooking the eastern edge of Monterey Bay. In the spring and summer, strawberries and artichokes carpet these hills. This time of year brings the harvest of brussel sprouts - as we see before us here.
What had me stopping was this odd centerpiece. The stump of a felled eucalyptus tree - hosting a prickly-pear cactus. Was the cactus planted in the stump? Did the wind or a bird deliver a seed to this unlikely planter? Another celebration of life's longing for itself.
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