Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cactus with White Toothpick Spines

Here is a photo of a cactus that grabs your attention against the brilliant blue sky.

This cactus is a silver cholla (opuntia echinocarpa). It has long spines that will stick in you if you get to close.

It can grow five feet tall and blooms in April through June.

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18 comments:

Nefertiti,deesse NiLuNoah adoratrice d Aton said...

tres jolie photo avec ce contraste par contre je vais evitee de tomber dessus...

bon dimanche

brattcat said...

Excellent perspective here, Julie.

Hilda said...

Those spines look nasty! But your photo is fantastic!

Don and Krise said...

Boy, toothpicks is right. Ooooouuuuuucccccchhhh!

Gaelyn said...

I love the way these seem to glow in the sunshine. Nice capture.

James said...

That looks really nice against the sky.

James said...

That looks really nice against the sky.

glenda said...

These look like they would be good toothpicks but I bet not. Very nice with the blue sky for background.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

It really grabs your attention!

robert said...

Alluring to touch.

Jacob said...

Yikes. But what a nice shot! Is this the cactus where the spine actually expands when it goes in?

gogouci said...

There's one steer clear of.

Mirela said...

I wondered what you meant by "toothpicks" but wow you were right! I wouldn't want to get near it.

Wonderful POV of the photo, I love contrasting sky and cactus.

Thérèse said...

Not good for bikers... lol

Lois said...

That looks like it could be painful if you aren't careful!

Steffe said...

What James said.

Rob and Mandy said...

Fantastic picture! Next time I need a toothpick...

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Ah-ha! Now I understand where my toothpicks come from. Arizona must be the world's biggest exporter of toothpicks, methinks. (; Great picture!

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