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Cactus Wren On A Saguaro Blossom In November   5 comments

Cactus Wren (1 of 1) blogCactus Wren On A Saguaro Blossom In November — Image by kenne

Today’s Friday hike was in Pima Canyon. The canyon is a narrow canyon in the western Catalina Mountains. With sunrise coming later in early November and much cooler desert temperatures (39 degrees), the beginning part of the trail was in the warmth of the sun till the canyon walls cast a big shadow on the canyon. As we hiked into the canyon I notict a cactus wren on a saguaro blossom. This is not the time of the year for saguaros to be blooming, but don’t tell this one that. The combination of the cactus wren and the saguaro blossom really got my attention, so even though the sun light angle was not ideal, and the cactus was a good distance away, I had to get a picture or two. 

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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.

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Arizona’s State Flower Is In Bloom   7 comments

Green Mountain, Saguaro, Mission

Green Mountain, Saguaro, Mission

Green Mountain, Saguaro, MissionSaguaro Blossoms — Images by kenne

I’m told that Arizona’s state flower, the saguaro blossom, has a strong overripe melons smell, but I’m not going to get close enough to check it out — will leave that to the experts. Like a lot of cactus flowers, they are short-lived, blooming at night and often closed within 24 hours. During the night the flowers are pollinated by the lesser long-nosed bat and the Mexican long-tongued bat. During the daytime the flowers are pollinated by bees and birds such as the white-winged dove.

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