Teddy bear cholla down the street.
Monday we had snow. Tuesday it was 30 degrees when I got out of bed. I skipped golf on the snow day and I was feeling sluggish due to lack of exercise.
My husband and I bundled up Tuesday and took our usual walk around the neighborhood. Although it was so cold, it was bright and sunny and we didn’t die! In fact, I felt so much better after getting out and moving araound.
This is about the Teddy bear cholla or jumping cholla:
Teddy bear cholla, or jumping cholla (C. bigelovii), is native to northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States and is sometimes cultivated as a desert ornamental for its showy golden spines.https://www.britannica.com/plant/cactus
I guess they’re called Teddy Bear because they are fuzzy looking. But they are not cuddly. They are a hazard. They’re called jumping cholla because they throw off little bundles of spines. If you accidentally step on one or brush them with your shoe, they may go all the way through your shoe to your foot.
My husband spotted this teddy bear cholla in front of a neighbor’s house. He pointed it out to me because of this:
In the center of the cholla is a bird’s nest. What a perfect place to keep eggs and chicks safe!
What’s the weather like where you are? Is it colder than normal?
What do you think of birds choosing a cholla for their nest?