Why you ask. Well take a closer look. And these sharp thorns break down in clumps and roll on the ground with the wind. And I had one such clump hit me right at the back of my foot, with 5-6 of these thorns going deep in. One such experience was enough and am glad to not repeat it again.
No matter how harsh the climate and how dangerous the thorns there is a beauty in it all. And the new life which turns the tips of the branches green add to the charm of it all. Sort of like hope in the intense heat and the arid, inhospitable land.
As is the nature of thing where on one side the new life buds on the other one ends. Scattered in the middle of the new budding cacti, there are cacti which are dying and dead. Brown, black, almost like lit up by fire and now charred.
But even in the end they show another wonder of nature. As the thorns dry off and fall, out emerges the bark of the Cholla..almost artistic, kind of symmetric..network of holes. What a sight that is, what a wonderful hidden secret, the immense hidden treasures of nature.
As for the contest yesterday: the correct answer is as you might all know by now the dried up branch of the Cholla Cactus. I was kind of expecting most to get to the dried branch part but you guys have some imagination 😆 I did not expect anyone to know the correct answer so was not planing on giving out anything at all 😛 😛 but your innovative answers made up my mind for me. There were three people who actually said ‘Dried Branch’ and hence the badge below goes to:
Congratulations ladies. A big applaud for all three of you for seeing things the way they are 😀