Cholla Cactus Wood - Joshua Tree National Park
Updated: Aug 13, 2019
This is a series of shots focusing on the internal structure of a Cholla Cactus in the Joshua Tree National Forest. Beautiful woven structures encase a central chamber. The patterns operate at multiple scales utilizing a similar growth patterns form a complex structure and layered landscape for the harsh desert environment.
We came across Cholla cactus garden at sunset on our final day, it was quite a treat to experience the florescence of the glowing spines in the raking light. The dramatic light also revealed amazing spaces within the internal structure of the decaying plants. I am excited to spend more time analyzing the growth structure as a growth and texture paradigm for future projects. This is a good opportunity to expand some old research into weaving and skinning performed back in graduate school.