Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cholla Cactus Garden

Joshua Tree National Park offers one extraordinary landscape after another. This morning, we drove south through the park and stopped for a walk in the Cholla Cactus Garden, where thousands of cholla cactuses grow in a vivid desert setting. Their spines are sharp and menacing, as you are warned by signs at the entrance to the trails. We were amused by a quote on the entrance sign:
"If the plant bears any helpful or even innocent part in the scheme of things on this planet, I should be glad to hear of it." -- from California Desert Trails, by J. Smeaton Chase, 1919  

1 comment:

Jeanie said...

That cactus flower is so lovely -- that bright spot of color!