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Cholla Cactus Spines   1 comment

Cholla (1 of 1)-Edit-1-art-72Cholla Cactus Spines — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The spines of a cholla are actually modified leaves that help protect the surface of
the cactus from preditors. A surprising function of cacti spines is to provide shade
for the cactus itself, yes, shade. Each spine casts a shadow on the cactus as the sun
moves across the desert sky.

— kenne

The Attach Of Jumping Cholla   9 comments

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Milagrosa Loop-9074 blogRemoving Cholla Spines — Images by kenne

Jumping Cholla

When it happens,
You swear it just
Jumped at you.

The trail is clear,
Not a lot of brush
Or cactus nearby,

And it happens –
The attach of the
Jumping cholla.

Cholla spines
Penetrate your hand,
Disbelief succumbing to pain.

Inexperienced hikers
Ponder what to do
Hoping not to make

A bad situation worse.
Experienced hikers
Are ready with a comb.

Prepared hikers.
Like a good scout,
Also have ointment handy.

Cactus spines are
Experience builders –
“Spine me once . . .”

— kenne

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