jumping cholla stuck to my shoe

February 23, 2016 • McDowell Sonoran Preserve • Scottsdale, Arizona

Coordinates: 33.65232,-111.85402 (click for map)
jumping cholla stuck to my shoe (Cylindropuntia fulgida) [McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale, Arizona]
Filename: 20160223-130111.jpg 1729x2305 pixels, ISO 100, f2.4 @ 1/2000 sec
Cylindropuntia fulgida

Each spine has microscopic one-way barbs on it. They pierced the sole of my shoe effortlessly and then refused to come out.

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