Don’t let the appearance of soft beige whiskers of the Teddy Bear Cholla fool you. These bristles are hardened spines, each tipped with a microscopic barb that can detach and imbed an intruder with the slightest touch. A deep appreciation of the value of wilderness character against a rare backdrop of dark skies is found on a gentle northwestern bajada of Joshua Tree National Park's Pinto Basin.
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From The Night Sky