Photographer's Note

Nopales or nopalitos, called prickly pear in English, are the "leaves" of edible Mexican cactus (genus Opuntia, from the Cactaceae family). Nopales were already grown and eaten as a vegetable in Mexico before the Spanish conquistadores arrived.
I didn't know about it before I went to a market in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, and saw this man removing the thorns or spines of the nopales, and then cutting them in small pieces to sell in bags. It seems to me a difficult task, to remove all the thorns, but for sure this man is used to the job.
It's the nopal or similar that we see on the coat of arms of Mexico.
As most usually, my goal when posting this picture is mainly to present a local feature of our diverse world. Critiques about its technical imperfections are welcome, as always.
Location of Tijuana in WikiMapia: 32.5299538, -117.0199728.

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