POTD: Color Guard

Color Guard
Mojave National Preserve, California

I can wander around photographing, very comfortably thinking in terms of black and white compositions, when I come across something that just has to be shown in color. It’s good to shake things (my brain in this case) up once in a while I guess. I actually saw several barrel cacti with these brightly colored thorns but this one was the only one I saw surrounded by an almost complete ring of protective brush–as if such a cactus needs protection.

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