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Hilltop Saguaros With Teddy Bear Cholla

Hilltop Saguaros: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Hilltop Saguaros with Teddy Bear Cholla ~

Much of the Arizona-Sonoran desert looks as if a landscaper had come by and cleaned it up.  This hilltop is one such place.  The completely natural landscape looks like an austere garden, doesn't it?

Don't get too close to Teddy Bear Cholla cactus: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender'Teddy Bear' My Kiester...

There's nothing cuddly about those Teddy Bear Cholla, by the way.  These fuzzy looking cacti are 360 degrees of needle-sharp thorns.

Fawn with Cholla cactus stuck to her little head.When hiking in the desert, I always carry a comb.  It's not to keep my snowy locks in place; a comb is pretty much the only way to get "unstuck" from a thorny piece of this cactus.

The young fawn drinking from my birdbath has a piece of Cholla stuck to her little head, just above the right eye.


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Comment balloon 30 commentsMike Jones • September 22 2011 10:27PM


I find on most of my walks through the AZ desert that I get quite up close and personal with my spiny friends.  What a good idea to bring a comb!

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) about 9 years ago

Nature has done a wonderful job landscaping your beautiful area. Those Teddy Bear Cholla can cause everyone to say "ouch"..not cuddly at all.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 9 years ago


Hasn't it?!  The longer we live here, and more we like the desert.


A comb is essential to a desert hiker's paraphernalia!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago


At least at this distance it looks like some ting a mother would have adorn her baby daughter with.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 9 years ago

Wow definitely no trees here!  Ouch that looks like it hurts-that poor fawn! 

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

That doesn't look pleasant. Yikes! Hope the poor thing can get it off!

Beautiful photo.

Have a great weekend!

Posted by Gina Tufano, Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty) about 9 years ago

Mike - Those darned cholla's... Pesky little guys.. Good idea to bring along that comb. I think I got some of these on me when I hiked in NM as well... Could it be? Oh and that's a great example of an exo landscaping project... Very environmentally sound way to landscape...lol

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

Mike, now that's a mega ouch! Your kiester...lol. You don't want one there!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 9 years ago

When I saw the nasty word "cholla" and what it means to me, I remembered why I own a fully equipped "Leatherman" tool, with which to extracate cholla from my person!

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY) about 9 years ago

Love the photo of the deer's newly acquired head decoration. You'd think wildlife would know better than to "stick" their head in the wrong place, huh? Get it, "stick"?

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY) about 9 years ago

Hi Mike, Congrats on the feature. Your photos in particular the first one is just stunning. Enjoyed the information on the Teddy Bear Cholla prickers look they could hurt. I have a weed ( as hard as I try not to ) with little tiny sticker things that would catch in my little dogs hair and stick in my finger when trying to remove them.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 9 years ago

Great pictures. I love the scenic drive from Phoeniz to San Diego. See lots of cool landscape much different from TX

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) about 9 years ago


The photo of the cacti is lovely.  The saguaro are so stately and the Teddy bear cholla look feathery. 

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) about 9 years ago

Hi Mike--great photos.  You are making me homesick for Tucson--which was home for eight years.  My husband (also named Mike Jones) always said that the everything in the landscape in Arizona was hostile.  I remember all too many run ins with cactus on hikes. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) about 9 years ago

That looks like it hurts Mike, hope you are okay now. Thanks for the photos.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 9 years ago

Nice top pic but that one with the prickly ball looks really painful.  Tell me that's a Photoshop trick!

Posted by Bryan Robertson about 9 years ago

Good morning, Mike. I can relate to your story. BTW. Happy Birthday...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) about 9 years ago

Yikes!!! After seeing that "sticker on steroids", I vow that I will never again complain about our little weed stickers here. (ours are the size of an english pea)!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Beverly Jo Cole (Southern Cross Real Estate, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Thank you for sharing the pictures. I just stopped by to wish you Happy Birthday.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 9 years ago

Ouch, those stickers look like a pain.  Love those deer by your fountain.  Really cool!

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 9 years ago

Mike, now I know why my Sister and  her Husband live in Tucson. I'll have to ask them if they carry an extra comb with them.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 9 years ago

Mike - thanks for sharing these photos - we have sand spurs here in Florida but nothing like this!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 9 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  I was in tears for a week when I landed in a pile of Teddy Bear cactus.  Not fun and not cuddly!  Cute post!

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) about 9 years ago


...and not tears of joy, either.  Ouch!


You're welcome.  I've never been 'bit' by sand spurs.


I'll bet they do!


Thanks for the birthday wishes!  See you on your blog.


I couldn't find a plug-in compatible with Firefox to view your video!  Do you have a link to Youtube?

Beverly Jo,

Come on out for a visit!


You don't look like yourself today...  :)  Thanks for the birthday wishes!


It's no photoshop trick!  The comb got rid of it for me.


Something like that only has to happen once.  It was three years ago.


He's right.  The desert flora and fauna either stick you, sting you or bite you!


They look feathery, but the truth is that they're NOT!  LOL


We drive the other way each April, and enjoy most of the Texas landscape.  The exception is the stretch around Odessa...


Thanks for saying so!  See you on your blog.


A leatherman tool will do the trick (usually.)  See especially minute 2:14 and following...


No I don't!

Lisa & Robert,

So you have some firsthand experience...  It is beautiful out here.


It's a newborn, maybe a week old, and still learning about life...


I imagine you're right!  The desert is unforgiving.


Thanks for stopping by to comment!  We had neighbors over last night, and were discussing this family of deer.  They appear to like the neighborhood!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

Beautiful landscape design... know the Designer?  Hi Mike, I am looking forward to a desert walk with you one day soon.

Posted by John Morgan about 9 years ago

Having experienced more than my share of the Teddy Bear Cholla AND the staghorn cholla, I, for one, know the PAIN.  Poor little fawn. 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) about 9 years ago

I love the desert landscape, but not when one of these decides to "hop on" to me or my dog. Sorry about your leg and the little fawn.

Posted by Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ (Realty ONE Group) about 9 years ago

Just saw this - I love your photos, always!

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) about 9 years ago

We have jumping cholla over here.  And they really do jump, or at least it seems so.  They might be the only thing that I kind of dislike about San Diego.

Posted by Not a real person about 9 years ago


You've got to watch that stuff.  I didn't know you had cholla in San Diego!


You are so kind!


We both survived.  LOL!


I wonder how the fawn got rid of the cholla?  It did, though.


I do know the Designer!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.  Come visit soon.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

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