Desert Portraits


Canon 5D MKII, EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM at 16mm, 1/10 sec. at f/16, ISO 100

Out shooting local last night. Walking around the desert looking for a composition, I became fascinated by the variety of plant life that exists in such an arid place. This fascination inspired me to start a new series of images I am going to call Desert Portraits. Here you see the infamous Teddy Bear Cholla cactus. I say infamous, as the Teddy Bear Cholla has quite a reputation around the American southwest. Also known as the Jumping Cholla, the Teddy Bear Cholla releases golf ball size clusters of needles at the slightest little touch. You can see several of these balls laying on the ground at the base of this cholla. All of the needles on this cactus have a reverse barb similar to a fish hook at the end, making them extremely difficult and painful to remove if they become embedded in you skin. Trust me, I Know!

The Teddy Bear Cholla makes a great subject to photograph in the desert, however, you need to take an over-abundance of caution when doing so. People have DIED after getting trapped in a group of Teddy Bear Chollas. Keep your distance, and always be aware of your surroundings. Every time I have been stuck by a Teddy Bear Cholla, it has resulted from stepping on a cluster of needles that already fell off the cactus. Watch where you step,be careful, and enjoy your time in the desert.


About Jason Keefe

Jason Keefe is a landscape and nature photographer residing in the mountains of northwest Arizona. His passion for photography is driven by an undying love for the great outdoors. Jason has twenty plus years experience in landscape photography, and has taught digital photography and Photoshop for his local community college. Starting in early 2014, Jason will be offering Photography Workshops focusing on teaching people how to maximize the potential of their digital cameras in the great outdoors.

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