Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Taking It Easy...


I was standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona; such a fine sight to see...


Green Heron - Arizona


Bosque del Apache NWR - New Mexico


White Tank Mountains - Arizona
The cactus in the front right of this image is Teddy Bear Cholla and according to my friend Ethan Meleg, "it's evil". Well, two days later I was in the middle of lots of cholla and found a cactus wren nest in the top of one. As I leaned in to check it out, the wren flew out right into my face and caused me to step back - right into more cholla. The bulbs full of spines break right off and I had three bulbs stuck into the back of my leg - two in my thigh and one behind my knee. The spines go in all directions and seem to have barbs on them that make them difficult and painful to pull out. Just one of these bulbs puts maybe a dozen spines in your skin and how do you grab it to pull it out??? I couldn't walk without spines pulling my skin and more trying to go in, so right there by the nest I had to pull my pants down and work the spines out with various camera parts. I was in so much pain that my eyes were watering and I was yelling and swearing through the whole process which took me almost 45 minutes to complete. The saguaros must have found it one of the funniest things they've ever witnessed and the wren was scolding me the whole time. I want to go back and photograph the nest, but maybe not until I find some Kevlar pants...


Black-necked Stilt - Arizona


Prickly Pear Cactus - Arizona

2 comments:

Ethan Meleg said...

Bryan, love the background on the stilt photo.... very painterly.

As for Teddy Bear Cholla cacti, I had a spine stuck in my thumb for a month and a half before it came out. Super evil plants!

Lander said...

That story almost killed me.