Pencil cactus - Roosevelt Lake
Diamond cholla OR Pencil cactus and Roosevelt Lake, as seen from the Vineyard Cove Trail.
Cholla cactus represent more than 20 species of the Opuntia (Family Cactacea) in North American deserts. Cholla is a term applied to shrubby cacti of this genus with cylindrical stems composed of segmented joints.
The Sierra Ancha mountains rise in the background, from left to right:
Red Blanket Peak, Methodist Mountain, Chubb Mountain, Salome Mountain and Victoria Peak. (Feb. 7, 2008)