Happy first day of spring from Tucson – where the cactus are starting to sprout new buds, just like the citrus trees and wildflowers.
This is a macro (close-up) photo of a cholla cactus. They’ve been called jumping cholla because the individual sections seem to jump out at passersby. The reality is, the passersby move too closely to them, unaware that they have long, fine needles unseen to the naked eye. Those needles catch on clothing and pull the section off the cactus, making it appear to jump.
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