Anyone who’s gotten too close knows that the cholla cactus is as pernicious as it is beautiful. Precisely like the Mojave Desert itself.
This little sphere of barbed spines, dropped from a full-size cactus and bound to eventually create an entirely new cactus, did indeed attack my model. But @sergio_escobar_ig, toughed through it and remained gracious with me so we could get this picture made 🖤
I’ve been coming back to this picture a lot lately. It’s one of my favorite photos I made living in the desert. I hope that prickly nugget found the right spot to hunker down and grow.