Teddy Bear Cholla (pronounced like "choya") are profuse along the base of the Kofa Mountains. These fuzzy-looking cacti have tiny barbed spines that stick to anything they touch like velcro, except much bloodier to remove if you're unfortunate enough to get one stuck on you. The spiny arms fall off the plant at the slightest touch, and wherever they fall to the ground they actually start growing a new plant! While the spines catch anything that touches them, they also do a great job of catching light too! Backlit cholla glow radiantly and are thus a favorite subject for photographers in the Sonoran desert. The Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is located in Arizona in the southwestern United States, northeast of Yuma and southeast of Quartzsite. The refuge, established in 1939 to protect desert bighorn sheep, encompasses over 665,400 acres of the Yuma Desert region of the Sonoran Desert.
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