Ron Hanko's photos

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Desert Iguana

We saw this little lizard near the Ocotillo Patch in Joshua Tree National Park. He was doing handstands when we saw him, probably by way of keeping cool in the heat. He would raise up his whole body as he is doing in the photo and then lower it again.

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Ocotillo

Ocotillo is a desert plant of the American southwest but is not a cactus. This Ocotillo was photographed in Joshua Tree National Park at the Ocotillo Patch, an area where hundreds of these grow. The mountains in the background are the Hexie Mountains. Most of the Ocotillos were blooming when we visited, but this was not.

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Ocotillo

These are the leaves and stems of the Ocotillo shrub, photographed in Joshua Tree National Park at the Ocotillo Patch, an area where many of these strange plants grow. Most of the year the plants are leafless but after some rain they will put out small leaves.

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Ocotillo

.Ocotillo is a desert plant of the American southwest but is not a cactus. This Ocotillo was photographed in Joshua Tree National Park at the Ocotillo Patch, an area where hundreds of these grow. The mountains in the background are the Hexie Mountains. Most of the Ocotillos were blooming when we visited.

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Ocotillo

A bit to the southeast of the Cholla Garden in Joshua Tree National Park is the Ocotillo Patch, a large area of Ocotillo shrubs. Ocotillo, also known as coachwhip, candlewood, slimwood, desert coral, Jacob's staff, Jacob cactus, and vine cactus, is not a true cactus but a spiny shrub which reaches 10 meters (33 feet) in height and is which is mostly unbranched. These are the flowers.

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Ocotillo

A bit to the southeast of the Cholla Garden in Joshua Tree National Park is the Ocotillo Patch, a large area of Ocotillo shrubs. Ocotillo, also known as coachwhip, candlewood, slimwood, desert coral, Jacob's staff, Jacob cactus, and vine cactus, is not a true cactus but a spiny shrub which reaches 10 meters (33 feet) in height and is which is mostly unbranched. These are the flowers.

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Ocotillo

A bit to the southeast of the Cholla Garden in Joshua Tree National Park is the Ocotillo Patch, a large area of Ocotillo shrubs. Ocotillo, also known as coachwhip, candlewood, slimwood, desert coral, Jacob's staff, Jacob cactus, and vine cactus, is not a true cactus but a spiny shrub which reaches 10 meters (33 feet) in height and is which is mostly unbranched. These are the flowers.

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Cholla Flowers

This photo and the two insets show the flowers, a flower bud and the fruits of the Jumping Cholla Cactus, so called because the sections are easily detached and seem at times to "jump" onto one's shoes and clothes. The spines, as Jim has pointed out, can penetrate leather, so it is a very uncomfortable plant to be around.

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Cholla Flower Bud

This is a flower bud of the Jumping Cholla cactus, photographed at the Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park. The garden is not really a garden at all but a large area filled with these cacti.
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