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Prickly Pear Cactus fruiting in Coyote Hills

Here are some photos I took at the Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve in West Coyote Hills, Fullerton. Hiking trails in this area provide views of the San Gabriel and San Bernadino mountain ranges, downtown Los Angeles, and Catalina Island.




Coyote Hills is a controversial topic around these parts. The largest undeveloped area in north Orange County, the Hills are owned by Chevron Texaco. The company plans to build homes and commercial properties on the remaining untouched 510 acres. A flourishing habitat for many plant and animal species, the area is home to some of the last wild landscapes in this area. This Coastal Prickly Pear is an endangered plant, but Coyote Hills is one place it still flourishes.


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