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It's hard to resist touching (carefully) the hard spines of a barrel cactus once in a while Some of the buckwheats growing around here look rather oldThumbnailsI'm starting to see a few purple blooming sages in this area like the ones I saw yesterday on the way to Tough Nut MineSome of the buckwheats growing around here look rather oldThumbnailsI'm starting to see a few purple blooming sages in this area like the ones I saw yesterday on the way to Tough Nut MineSome of the buckwheats growing around here look rather oldThumbnailsI'm starting to see a few purple blooming sages in this area like the ones I saw yesterday on the way to Tough Nut MineSome of the buckwheats growing around here look rather oldThumbnailsI'm starting to see a few purple blooming sages in this area like the ones I saw yesterday on the way to Tough Nut MineSome of the buckwheats growing around here look rather oldThumbnailsI'm starting to see a few purple blooming sages in this area like the ones I saw yesterday on the way to Tough Nut Mine

This is one of those plants that feels more like a sculpture than a living thing due to its external armour of spines.