The budding Opuntia, also known as Prickly Pear Cactus or Barbary Fig is believed to have originated in Mexico.

I shot this macro photo when we visited King Ranch (near Kingsville,TX) in November 2019. 

Although the buds are no guarantees of flowers or fruit, these looked healthy and promising.

“People trample over flowers, yet only to embrace a cactus.” ~ James Joyce