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Cut Saguaro Ten Years Out   3 comments

I took this image in September 2011 while on my first Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) nature walk. 
I was so appalled that someone cut off the top of this young (probably 35-40 years old) saguaro cactus.

Sadly, over the years, I have frequently seen this type of vandalism.

This Image, taken July 27, 2021, illustrates the resiliency of nature. — Image by kenne

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns,
so that each small piece of her fabric reveals
the organization of the entire tapestry.

— Richard Feynman

 

Giant Saguaros   1 comment

Giant Saguaros off of State Highway 77 — Image by kenne

At first glance, you may not notice how thin the giant Saguaros are. Saguaros can survive in drought conditions
for over one hundred years by taking on a lot of water during the two rainy seasons each year in the Sonoran Desert. 
They can expand, take on hundreds of gallons of water, then contract as they use the stored water during the
hot-dry time of the year. Unfortunately, the combined total rainfall from last summer’s monsoon and winter rains
was less than half the average amount. As a result, many of the older and diseased saguaros are now dying. 

As we enter this year’s monsoon season, we hope for plenty of rain to fatten up the symbol of our desert.

— kenne

Desert Colors, Dark Shadows   4 comments

Blackett's Sunset (1 of 1) blog“Desert Colors, Dark Shadows” Giant Saguaro at the End of the Day — Image by kenne

Giant Saguaros

Case their long desert shadows

Welcoming the night.

— kenne

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