Cholla cactus illuminated by a spectacular desert sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park. Cholla cactus do amazing things when the light hits them, so much so that I came back to the Joshua Tree Cactus Garden three sunrises in a row. But they are also a risky subject. Also called the jumping cactus, the slightest touch allows them to hook into you with such tenacity it seems like they must have jumped on you. I got one stuck in my leg and found you can't pull them out with your hands. Seasoned Desert Rat, Larry Carpenter, came to the rescue with a comb which he slotted behind the spiny ball and pried it out of my flesh.
Anyway, this sunrise was one of those special outdoor experiences that makes all your nerve endings buzz. I'm grateful to have had the chance to experience it and record it.