Normally I wouldn’t get this close to jumping cholla, but for this photo, I had the camera within inches. I’ve heard to be stuck by one of these, is one of the most painful experiences you can have, so I was very cautious around it. Pieces of this cactus break off, and can be carried away, and spread by the wind. So it’s not uncommon to find a piece far from where it originated. Just another reason to watch your step when exploring the desert.