The Cholla Cacti is known as the "Jumping Cactus." It is notorious for very loose joint attachments, because the joints attach to hapless by-passers with the slightest brush.(see specimen with spoon) Cholla's vary in color and you can find over 20 differt species here in the Southwest. The most silvery are known as the "Teddy Bear Cholla." and it is said to "jump" on you if you get close to it. As Kim Stone points out in his video, it really doesn't jump, but it very easily attaches to you if you lightly brush against it.
In the six years that I have lived here in Tucson,I usually find myself getting stuck whenever I get too close. When this happens, the thorns swell in your skin and they become difficult to remove.
The cactus wren, which is called "the smartest bird in America" makes her nest in this cactus and is very safe from all predators. For the rest of us, it is just best to stay away!
To see the video on the "Jumping Cactus", just double click below the picture where Kim Stone's name is given.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.