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Teddy Bear or "Jumping" Cholla - Joshua Tree N.P.

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 22 March 2013 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The Blossoms of the Cholla usually appear in late February to Mid-March. The blossoms are about the size of a person's small finqger, from the knuckle out....Not very big :-) Although this is not the best shot of the needles and plant, it does provide a somewhat "closer" idea of the size and look of the needles. They are barbed, although the barbs are quite small and difficult to see with the naked eye!...The barbs run along the entire shaft of a needle which, in turn, are extremely painful and difficult to pull out. Even when simply stuck into clothing or shoe, they can sometimes be "next to impossible" to extract.

To my knowledge, there are at least 14 different types of Cholla in the Southwestern deserts of the US. This particular variety of Cholla, known as the "Teddy Bear" or "Jumping Cholla"...They are not named after me! Instead, they are so-named because they can break off the main plant very easily and when they do, they appear to "jump at" whatever brushes or touches them. If you ever visit this particular Cholla Garden at Joshua Tree National Park,(or any area with chollas) you will note that there are many pieces of "branches" lying around on the ground.....Steer Clear!!

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/420 second F/6.4 ISO 200 17 mm

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We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

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ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

FUJIFILM FinePix E550
1/420 second
F/6.4
ISO 200
17 mm

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