Joshua Tree National Park – Cactus

Although a Joshua Tree isn’t a cactus I did see several different types of cactus throughout the Park.

This one didn’t even some up to my knee:

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This one only came up to my waist:

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And by far the densest concentration of cacti I saw on Friday were in the Cholla Cactus Garden, near the center of the Park.  These guys were scattered all over the place, on both sides of the road.

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Cholla cactus are often called “jumping cholla” because they like to attach themselves to unwary passersby.  This little guy apparently tried “going rogue” and catching a ride with a tourist, only to be cast aside in the parking lot.

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