Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ouch~cholla!!!



Cholla has a certain beauty when the morning sunlight hits it, but DON'T be fooled.  It is horrible stuff!  If you walk near it, the chunks on the ground pop up and attach themselves to your shoe or pants!  Don't EVEN think about brushing against it!  Nooooooooo!!!!!  I took these photos from the safety of my car!  I have encountered it many times while walking or hiking, unfortunately.  One time a spur got buried in my heavy duty hiking boots and I had to take a pair of plyers to get it off!  YIKES!

1 comment:

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Totally agree... cholla can be beautiful when the light hits it right. And the Cholla Gardens in JTNP are quite impressive... but nasty stuff when you get stuck!! Happy holidays!