Over the course of about three hours this morning and early afternoon, i had the chance to take some shots of an opening Opuntia flower.
The flower bud on the right is just about to unfurl, while the one on the left should be opening in a couple of days.
I took a series of overhead and some sideshots of the flower opening.
A close-up of the inside of the flower.
I gathered up some pollen on a Q-tip and attempted to pollinate the flower, since they only stay open for a day anyway.
A closer look at the aftermath of that attempt, complete with Q-tip fuzz.