20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Cholla Garden

Cholla glow in the sunset at Joshua Tree National Park. Beautiful but dangerous, cholla have hooked barbs and are adept at attaching to anyone or anything nearby. I love the beauty of the desert and the hardy plants and animals that are adapted to thrive in such a harsh environment. These Cholla are especially beautiful, they have fresh growth in response to recent rains.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: ca, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Gerri Whitley