National Geographic : 1953 Mar
) National Geogralphic Society A Hikers Atop a Eucalyptus Trunk Survey the Rainy Season's Greenery These hunters sought game in the high country of central Mexico. Rosalyn Cox's broad-brimmed som brero, offered as a target, proved the only casualty. Mesquite (center) and nopal, prickly pear (right), grow at 8,000 feet. Rains last from June to October. ' Beverly Goodnight and Ofelia Mora Get a Botany Lesson from Enrique Romero Scores of cactus varieties thrive on the Mexican plateau; they range from tiny balls of spines to huge spires the size of organ pipes. Besides producing bril liant flowers, the cacti provide food, shade, and living fences. Prickly pear (top of page) makes a tasty candy.