While at Saguaro National Park east, located in Tucson, Arizona, I saw this mean looking Teddy Bear Cholla Cactus. The way the light shown on its thousands of barbed needles amazed me.
They are also referred to as Jumping Cactus because individual pods sometimes break off in winds and rain. While walking through the desert an unwary person might accidentally kick one and they often bounce up and pierce and cling to foot or ankle producing a lot of pain.
As kids, we learned to get two stout sticks, one in each hand, put them together between limb and cactus to pull them out OUCH!!! If at near home, Cooking tongs used to turn fried chicken also work well. These cacti always look at you and say GO AWAY! Some areas are so thick with them it's almost impassible to hike through. It is also interesting that an individual section can take root and grow into another separate cactus plant so they often proliferate that way!
Meanest cactus in the Sonoran desert!
November 6th, 2015
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