Everyone is puzzled by the armada of needles and explosive color maneuvering slowly through the brittlebush. Barely visible under interlocking branches of cholla is a javelina. Snakeskin, yucca, cactus fruits, a devil’s claw, globemallow, and a siren-loud bloom from a barrel cactus are tucked among the spines. A fat scorpion, coaxed onto a prickly pear pad, strikes a classic pose. Creosote seeds, desert fern blossoms, and scorpion tails dress up her natural collar.