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Pincushion Cactus Flowers   Leave a comment

Pincushion Cactus Flowers — Image by kenne

When most people think of cactus in the Sonoran Desert, the image that comes to mind is the giant saguaro cactus. 
The saguaro grows only in the Sonoran Desert is one of the largest cacti. The saguaro cactus is a symbol of the American Southwest. 
Its inner meaning expresses the idea of standing tall, adapting to the environment, and providing shelter and nourishment for others.
Given its stature and authority, it holds a grandfatherly type of wisdom. 

Because saguaros are so common in the Tucson area, it is home to one of this nation’s national parks, the Saguaro National Park. 
However, it is not the most common cactus in the Sonoran Desert. That honor goes to the little pincushion cactus. 
Being so small and often in the shadows of the giant saguaro, their chances of being noticed are slim unless they are blooming.

— kenne


Heavy Rains Down A Giant Saguaro Cactus   3 comments

Hikers-5-72.jpgHeavy Rains Down A Giant Saguaro Cactus — Image by kenne

As the trail entered the Kings Canyon Wash we were confronted by a giant saguaro that had fallen across the trail; another lay close by. Both were healthy giants that could have been blown over by strong winds, but the area recently experienced a lot of rain causing a flash flood. Another suspect is that the downed cactus were the result of a microburst an intense small-scale downdraft produced by a storm or rain shower.

— kenne

What Do You Call A Group Of Saguaros?   1 comment

Saguaros (1 of 1) blogA Group of Saguaros Under Nurse Trees. — Image by kenne

The previous posting (100 Year-Old Cliff Dwellershowed a photograph of a giant saguaro cactus all alone on a steep cliff. Its location was unusual, but given that most saguaros start life under a bush, i.e., a creosote, or a tree, i.e., palo verde and mesquite, making its existence very impressive. Equally impressive is locating a group of saguaros protected by both mesquite and palo verde trees, which begged the question, “What do you call a group of saguaros?” Tribe? Legion? Family? Thicket? Grove? Clump? Gang? Clan? Bunch? Band? Coterie? Whatever, even researching the question didn’t give us an answer. So, for now, you can choose. Given the Tohono O’odham Nation, or Desert People’s cultural connection to the saguaro, I choose “tribe.”


100 Year-Old Cliff Dweller   2 comments

Saguaro Cliff Dweller (1 of 1) blog100 Year-Old Cliff Dweller — Image by kenne

This giant saguaro cactus is easily over 100 years old. Located on the steep Milagrosa canyon wall, which may have served to protect it over the years.

— kenne

Better Than All Measures   Leave a comment

saguaro (1 of 1)-2 On Convas blogGiant Saguaro Cactus, “Better Than All Measures”
— Photo on Canvas by kenne

Better than all measures
Of delightful sound,
Better than all treasures
That in books are found,
Thy skill to poet were, thou scorner of the ground!

Teach me half the gladness
That thy brain must know,
Such harmonious madness
From my lips would flow
The world should listen then, as I am listening now!

— from To A Skylark by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sometimes I Prefer To See With Closed Eyes — Revisited   Leave a comment

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“Seeing with Closed Eyes” (Originally Posted January 18, 2011) — Computer Painting by kenne

from Turner’s Notes –

“The early death of a writer,
besides shortening by a few unwritten volumes
the shelves of books that weight on our consciences,
confirms our instinct that art,
especially the literary art,
should be sublimely difficult –
a current from beyond that burns out the wire.”

— John Updike


“Hello darkness, my old friend!”


— John Updike

A White-winged Dove Enjoys Saguaro Fruit for Lunch   4 comments

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White-winged dove (1 of 1)-2 blogWhite-winged Dove On a Giant Saguaro Cactus — Images by kenne

Sonoran Desert Twin Towers   Leave a comment

Baby Jesus TrailSonoran Desert Twin Towers — Image by kenne

Capturing The Moment — First Saguaro Blossom This Spring   Leave a comment

Saguaro Blossom (1 of 1)-2 blogSaguaro Blossom, Spotted on the Seven Falls hike today — Image by kenne

Like so many plants this year, this saguaro is blooming very early. Generally, saguaros bloom in late may and June.


Capturing The Moment — Two-Tone Saguaro   Leave a comment

Sutherland Trail (1 of 1)-11 blogTwo-Tone Saguaro — Image by kenne

Giant two-tone green arms
Welcome spring’s new wildflowers,
Color me purple.

— kenne

Wow! Is there anything you can’t do?   Leave a comment

Beyond Tucson Event-9492 blogA Crested Saguaro Next To a Regular Saguaro In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Sometimes the growing tip of a saguaro produces a fan-like form. Such a saguaro is called a crested saguaro. Crested saguaros are rare and generally do not produce arms, making this one for the record books — at least in my book.


A Late Bloomer   2 comments

Old Tucson-9435 blogA Late Bloomer — Image by kenne

The normal blooming season for the giant saguaro cactus is in late May and June. Yesterday (December 30th) while hiking in Sabino Canyon I spotted this unusual event. I guess you can call it the new “Christmas cactus!”

The saguaro blooms open at night and last through the next midday. Each flower blooms only once. 


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