When you think of cactus you think of a desert where not many plants can live. Cactus are everywhere in Texas some areas just have more of them than others.
This kind of cactus makes me think back when our youngest daughter was about 4 years old. We had ridden our bikes down to my mother n law and father n laws house for Sunday lunch. She rode her bike onto the sidewalk and landed on a cactus just like this. We had to pull those long thorns out of her legs for over an hour and she was crying so much. A few were so deep we could not get them and they eventually worked their way out. That same day my father n law moved that cactus.
I think this kind of cactus looks better up close because they are not a very pretty cactus.