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Cholla Cactus, Joshua Tree Nat'l Park, CALIFORNIA
Lens: DA* 60-250 mm f/4 Camera: Pentax K3 Photo Location: California ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/60s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: RICHARD L., 09-08-2021, 05:05 AM

Evening is a magic time to observe backlit Cholla Cacti. They seem to be on fire, their spines like soft fuzzy hair but, BEWARE, these pricks are as hard as steel and you can almost kill yourself if you fall on one .

K3 + DA* 60-250 mm f/4 ED at 60 mm FL and f/8.

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09-08-2021, 06:39 AM   #2
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Beautiful photo. Got this photo in excellent light. Good work.
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Outstanding shot of one of those "jumping chollas", and in its scenic background!
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QuoteOriginally posted by angkymac Quote
"jumping chollas"
The main Cholla plant stem sheds little furry balls here and there on the soil so that animals passing by will get these sticky balls in their fur and disseminate the plant all over the desert (reproductive strategy only the "devil" could invent).

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I collided with a jumping cholla, in January or was it February. I haven't forgotten anything other than the date.
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Beautiful lighting and composition Richard.
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