Thorns

Mikawoz Thorns

Thorns

This was part of the same hike through the deserts around Mesa, Arizona. I have made the photograph into a black and white one because I like the way the thorns are more so emphasized. I also like the way the leaves of the cacti look like paddles. I believe these are called Prickly Pear Cacti.

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Spikes

Mikawoz Spikes

Spikes

I took this photograph while hiking in and around Mesa, Arizona. The cactus is full of spikes and prickly thorns. Although it is full of spikes, there is beauty in this nature too.

According to Wikipedia, “In plant morphology, thorns, spines, and prickles, and in general spinose structures, are hard, rigid extensions or modifications of leaves, roots, stems or buds with sharp, stiff ends, and generally serve the same function: physically deterring animals from eating the plant material.”

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We Are Family

Mikawoz We Are Family

We Are Family

Here are some wonderful cacti that have little baby cacti growing around and through the cactus.

Wikipedia indicates “Botanically, “spines” are distinguished from “thorns”: spines are modified leaves, and thorns are modified branches. Cacti produce spines…”

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