One of the most interesting features of Joshua Tree National Park in California is the Cholla Cactus Garden.
But, it is really hard to get a good composition here. At least that’s what I found. I was disappointed with the photos I made here last year, so this year I was determined not only to be there in good light, but to find a cholla I could isolate.
One of the reasons they are so hard to photograph is that the bottoms of them have this burnt look that isn’t very attractive. When I first saw them I thought they actually were burnt, but they are all like that.
This is the “Teddy Bear” Cholla. The name is actually pretty appropriate because like a real bear, they may look nice but believe me, you don’t want to hug it.
In fact, this type of cholla drops little pieces of itself and those pieces jump out at you as you walk by and attach themselves to your pant legs (you better be wearning long pants). Ray actually had one go through his jeans, through his socks, and into his leg.
Ok, ok, they don’t actually jump, but it sure seems that way.