It seems counter-intuitive for a plant to be both soft and prickly at the same time. This Arizona cactus, at progressively-closer views shows two entirely different textures. Seen from relatively far-away, it looks soft, with rounded curves.
Seen closer-up, the big spines look pretty dangerous, and the plant looks like you wouldn’t want to get too close.
But when you get really close, you want to jump back. Those spines can hurt!
If you feel the plant carefully, between the spines, it is actually very soft.