Beauty From A Distance In Joshua Tree National Park

photo of the week for Tuesday, 2011, April 19
Photographer: Kurt Repanshek

Chollas are some of the most beautiful, and most painful, cacti that you'll come across in Joshua Tree National Park. Visit the park's Cholla Cactus Garden and you can walk among hundreds of them. Just keep your distance, as the slightest touch will send one of their spines into your flesh.

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Keep your distance is right..Last summer I got a little too close to one of them. One of the tips broke off and stuck in my leg. Spent the next several minutes pulling the spines out. They don't come out as easy as they go in.