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From the Archives: Cholla at Joshua Tree N.P.

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 20 March 2013 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Every year, when March rolls around, Barbara and I begin to really miss the beautiful western deserts. We always loved visiting them during this time of year.

Here is a look (from Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California) that includes a prominent plant living in the Southern California and Arizona deserts: The Cholla (pronounced "Choy-Yuh"). Caution, Do NOT get too close. It has been said that the needles literally "jump" off the plant and into your boot, or clothing or, heaven forbid, your skin! This may sound quite unbelieveable, but I still don't care to test the theory. The Cholla's needles are like little barbed fish hooks, so when they "enter" whatever it is that they touch, any amount of pulling them back out will result in lots of skin or clothing coming along with it .....Not to speak of the loud screaming.

When in bloom, the chollas have a beautiful little yellow blossom which I will show in the next post....This shot was taken during sunset at Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California during March, 2007. I hope you enjoy :-)

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/350 second F/2.8 ISO 200 8 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

FUJIFILM FinePix E550
1/350 second
F/2.8
ISO 200
8 mm

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