Tuesday, March 3, 2009


There is one thing that you learn REAL quick when you live in the desert! Every plant that lives and thrives in the desert is ANGRY!! By this I just mean that it has built in defenses, usually in the form of prickers!!! We have been spending a lot of time outside- since our summers are robbed of outside time. Here are some of the interesting textures you'll find in the Phoenix area!
Saguaro Cactus- what you think of with the term

My LEAST favorite.. the Cholla Cactus- EVIL EVIL plant
(as my dog and I have fallen victim a number of times!!)


Megan O. said...

Beautiful photos, Chey!

Snakeye said...

haha. I was hanging out with Tony in Tucson and punted one of those Cholla things (thinking I was all smart and stuff). I kicked with all my might... they didn't go anywhere: I think it just buried the needles more into my toes (yes, they completely went through my shoe!)

Chey's Dad said...

Cholla: defined as the nastiest cactus anywhere . I’m surprised we don’t have those in Texas! (we have every other nasty plant with thorns and stickers)
When we were living in Phoenix, the little girl next door ran into a cholla, and since her parents weren’t home, came running to me for some help. We spent a couple of hours with tweezers and a magnifying glass, pulling out thorns.
EXCELLENT pictures!
Arizona Highways, here she comes!

Mom said...

It's really an education looking at things through a microscope!! The ugliest and nastiest things have beauty (as long as you're not picking them out of your hide). Some of the most annoying stickers are those microscopic ones that hurt A LOT, but you can't see them to pull them out!!! For such stark plants, they sure do have beautiful flowers in spring!!!

Cheyenne and John said...

OUCH Trav!!! I just stepped by a stupid Cholla and it clung onto my shoe and poked through to my toes.. I can't imagine how bad it was with all that velocity behind it!!!

BrassWillow said...

Great pictures!

It's easy to see why we don't have hippie cactus huggers. :)

Anonymous said...

Aw, seeing all the pictures makes me miss Arizona!!! I heard awful things about the teddy bear cholla when I was living there so I managed to keep my distance as well as I could. Though i do have an old photo of my sister and I hugging a Saguaro out near Gate's Pass in Tucson. Very funny. :) My grandma used to send me the Arizona Highways calendar every year. :) I love it so much out there!