The Arizona desert is a great place to explore. The flora and fauna are entirely different than what I'm used to living at higher elevations. I thought the Teddy Bear Cholla (foreground) and Saguaro (the tall one) cactus were the coolest.
I painfully learned why they call the Teddy Bear Cholla the "jumping cactus". They don't actually move, but the barbed and spiny exterior are easily picked up if brushed against. Cowboys riding through the Sonoran Desert had to start wearing thick leather chaps despite the incredible heat to avoid the wrath of the jumping cactus.
This was taken in Lost Dutchman State Park outside of Phoenix, thanks to a tip from
. If you want to see more desert imagery I suggest you drop by his page, he's captured some great light.