The saguaro is a large, tree-sized cactus species which can grow to be over 20 meter (70 ft) tall. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the Mexican state of Sonora, and the Whipple Mountains and Imperial County areas of California. The saguaro blossom is the State Wildflower of Arizona.
Saguaros have a relatively long life span. They take up to 75 years to develop a side arm. The arms are grown to increase the plant's reproductive capacity (more “arms” lead to more flowers and fruit). Some specimens may live for more than 150 years.
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serp2000 (44340) 2012-11-26 3:49
Wow! Just a Mexican landscape. Another interesting presentation of Arizona. Do you remember the old song "Arizona" of the Scorpions? Outstanding colors! TFS!
kwekwekan (1078) 2012-11-26 15:35
A great picture of this impressive plant! Nice bright colours, careful composition and a pleasant backdrop of the reddish-brown rock formations. Looks like you have a bird just above the tip of the catcus. You may want to clone it out since it is so high up that it appears more like a black speck. It is a rightful part of the scenary, though, so I think there is a strong reason to keep it the way you have it.
ikeharel (72273) 2012-11-27 7:21
One beautiful example to the many giant Cactuses over the Arizona desert, Jason.
I saw them from a train and a bus, when traveled there - and the sight is amazing.
Fine shot, light colors and contrast are super.
marabu61 (11059) 2012-11-28 7:48
Impressive cactus. You have choosen a good POV, the cactus seems to go on forever.
have a good day
kiks (12657) 2012-12-06 5:26
Hello Jason, beautiful landschape you show us here and a very informatieve note. I like the way you handeld the light and the use of the orange mountain for the bg of this beautiful plant. Maybe the image would get even more interesting if the cactus was placed off the center.
Robert1969 (7160) 2013-04-10 1:58
This is a nice example that you don't have to
use everytime the golden rule, so like this
composition (it's very good). The vertical
position emphasize extra the highness of the
Cactus and creates a nice depth. The light
management is also great.
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hear, or read, "the Netherlands" they are
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They forget that the whole idea of
Wallstreet (that was Waalstraat) and other
commercial business comes froms the Netherlands.
Even basement under the houses (what you see
a lots of times in movies, or tv) is typical
Dutch. Inventions like cd, dvd, taperecorder
and electric shavers are from the Netherlands
and we have the most famous beer :-).
This is not to say that I am proud of my
country, sometimes I am ashamed for it.
Noel_Byrne (31466) 2013-04-21 8:22
now thats a plant you dont want to land on having jumped out of a plane! Its an incredible species though, and very beautiful. I love the way you have presented this against that massively impressive background. The green and red look wonderful against the clear blue sky.
Thanks for a cool shot and note!
Periko (5402) 2013-08-14 22:34
I met the saguaros for the first time in 1994, in Sonora, and I was surprised of its height.
Good photo, taken with a great light.
- Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) (13930)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-05-00
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Cactus plants, Desert Places - Endroits Déserts, United States of America, Desert, Nature and Life, Nature's textures, Nature's Beauty, DESERTS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-26 3:11