Prickly pear. Part of the native flora in these hot dry places, but often unexpected.
Slaughter Beach, DE August 17, 2013
Opuntia humifusa, commonly known as the Eastern Prickly Pear or Indian Fig, is a native cactus found in parts of eastern North America. It ranges from Montana eastward to parts of the southern Great Lakes, and in the dry coastal sand dunes along the eastern seaboard from Cape Cod, Massachusetts south to Florida and westward to New Mexico.