I love the way the many arms are always reaching up.
As you get closer, you can see the holes in the different locations. These are usually drilled by a woodpecker. Believe it or not, these cacti store water in the trucks and the birds drill to get to the water. Then, smaller birds use the holes as nests for their young.
These are plants that are very unique to the southern deserts. I do love them, and although I don't live in the desert anymore, there is a part of me that will always acknowledge these towering desert giants, as part of home.