Originally Posted by BETH
Gary are those trees in the pic looks like cotton on them?
Beth if I guessed correctly the trees you are referring to are cholla cactus, and are quite the opposite of cotton. They have buds that are completely surrounded with needles and will fall off or sick on anything that happens to lightly brush against them. Another name for them is jumping cactus, though in truth they don't actually jump on you, just seems that way. Many newbies out for a trek in the desert will look down and see one stuck on themselves and try to pluck it off with their hand, thereby creating a whole new problem for themselves. Best way to get them off is pliers or with two rocks or sticks.