Cactus Crazy! Organ Pipe 3/18 -3/21 - 2013

A fun, learning blog:  The Saguaro is a large, tree-like cactus that can grow up to 60 feet tall.  The night-blooming white and yellow flowers (Arizona State Flower) appear April through June and the sweet, ruby-colored fruit matures by late June.  Some specimens may live for more than 150 years.  Whenever it rains, saguaros soak up the rainwater and will visibly expand, holding in the rainwater. Like women with PMS.  It is native to the Sonoran Desert in the US and Mexico.  And, look at these nutty pictures - they have personalities!

Catch me, I'm falling!                                                             Your Majesty!

A little more to the left, please....                                                Kwazy-mixed up!

                           Watermelons, anyone?  Or nice jugs?           Arms, toes, nubbins, warts and prom bumps?

Which way do you want me to go?

 Babies everywhere.

Blew his head off and left his ears on! 

 What a handful...!

Saguaros have a relatively long life span. They take up to 75 years to develop a side arm. A saguaro without arms like those in the background is called a spear.

 Nice hair-do!

Saguaros like to hang out in the desert with cholla, Organ Pipe, hedgehog, prickly pear, barrel and pincushion cactus, etc., as well as ocotillo (not technically a cactus), creosote bush, and Palo Verde trees.  

One more fun fact:  Gila woodpeckers create new nest holes each season rather than reuse the old ones, leaving convenient nest holes for other animals, such as elf owls, flycatchers, and wrens.  Wished I could have seen an elf owl, but that didn't happen, darn it.  All the others were plentiful.

A saguaro forest is a magnificent show.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3:01 PM

    Bubba would go nuts there! He would take hundreds of pictures. One-a-these-days...... love from NANNIE


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