This was taken from the ground… I saw the colors and thought “how neat” let’s try this… and I laid down with the camera in hand. It wasn’t until after I was back on my bicycle and riding away that I remembered to check for snakes and scorpions.
Desert Thorn-apple in Winter. Found in Tyson Wash, Quartzsite, AZ 1-6-13. In spring and summer this will be a green sphere (still with spikes) and will have beautiful white night blooming flowers. It is part of the night shade family and poisonous.