I photographed this Medusa-looking Cholla about one month ago in the Mojave National Preserve, very shortly after sunrise on a wickedly cold desert morning. Desert adventurers might possibly agree with me that cholla are one of the most troublesome of all desert plants; I have pulled hundreds of spines from my skin, and my dog Mojave has had several terrible encounters with these plants. Ironically, they’re superbly fascinating and photogenic.
This photograph was made with a 4×5″ view camera, Ilford Delta film, and as with many of my newer photographs, a vintage Wollensak Verito lens (early 1900′s).
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