Beyond the Ocotillo wash and patch, there were a few extremely spiny plants along the road in Joshua Tree National Park that caught my eye.  I stopped to photograph this one, just before coming to the Cholla Garden, which, at the time, I wasn’t aware of.

Teddy-bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) is anything but friendly.  I received a few barbed spines in my finger as I explored the cactus’ branching and green stem. 


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