This is a saguaro cactus which is common throughout the American south west. In the background is the Spanish styled San Xavier Mission, built in the 18th century, (1783-1797) when this area of Arizona was still part of Mexico.
"The saguaro, pronounced /səˈwɑroʊ/, (Carnegiea gigantea) is a large, tree-sized cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the Mexican state of Sonora, and an extremely small area of California. The saguaro blossom is the state flower of Arizona.
The common name saguaro came into the English language through the Spanish language and ultimately from the language of the Tohono O'odham native American nation."
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Nicou (141162) 2009-09-20 7:41
quel cactus, il est mangigique il est immense, il trône fièrement avec des bras, superbe, le bâtiment blan dans le ciel merveilleux accompagen ce cactus, grandiose.
bravoe t maitié
Gerrit (51935) 2009-09-20 8:35
Very Remarkable composition, Chris, with all that blue.
The red of the fence is also a fine element.
asajernigan (21427) 2009-09-20 8:41
Great shot of this towering cactus. The placement of the cactus works well allowing us to see the church and landscape on the opposite side. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has excellent sharpness.
TopGeo (38216) 2009-09-20 9:20
Hi Chris! A good idea you gave the cactus and architecture of church! in two levels! A interesting reception for the characteristic style..
pajaran (60101) 2009-09-20 9:40
Star objekat ...
Ovaj kaktus je ucinio fotografiju lepom za gledanje.
Dobre boje i ostrina snimka.
Uspeh u daljem radu, Paja.
Cricri (118839) 2009-09-20 10:36
Impressionnant cactus, bien présenter sous des couleurs chaudes, bonne note information
Silvio1953 (142131) 2009-09-20 10:57
Ciao Chris, beautiful composition with wonderful cactus, greast perspective, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
gilou530 (34) 2009-09-20 11:31
un cactus assez insolite dans ce monde de beton, une lumiére qui le met en valeur au premier plan, bien vu
jurek1951 (42196) 2009-09-20 12:13
Wonderful and clear image,well captured and presented.Excellent light and colors,
pierrefonds (65878) 2009-09-20 13:09
The saguaro cactus leads our eyes toward the mission which is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the cactus. The good luminosity has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
batalay (38775) 2009-09-20 21:25
The brilliant light of the South West has helped to illuminate this scene, and give you such sharp detail. I've always been impressed by your scanned images. What kind of a scanner do you use?
jhm (152246) 2009-09-21 1:22
This is very well done, you place the cactus as eye catcher to the right.
Also the San Xavier Mission care for an attractive picture suit excellent in these composition.
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
LeeLoo (0) 2009-09-21 2:33
Dear Chris Jules!
Very good light and shadow.
alvaraalto (12096) 2009-09-21 5:10
A picture with two monumental objects. The remarkable church with the two different towers on the background and the huge cactus in front. Both like fingers pointing to heaven.
Juntas (7960) 2009-09-22 6:30
Hi Chris. Great light on the cactus. Nice composition with the Mission on the back. Good play with the shadows on the ground. Best regards. Paulo
Waylim (25502) 2009-09-23 11:06
This it a very good perspective and view. The large cactus give the essence of the Southwest Desert landscape. The mission is well in good clarity even in the distance. Kind of odd to see one of the tower without the top. Good shot with good depth. Thanks.
Angshu (56750) 2009-09-25 5:15
I have seen the San xavier Mission's closeup shot from Tan's picture earlier. You have balanced the picture well with the saguaro cactus. the long shadows also add to this picture. Well done!
La_Tulipe (2798) 2009-09-25 13:34
Sans nul doute, le sujet principal de ta composition est ce magnifique cactus.Ton cadrage le valorise et il garde la place d'honneur dans un cadre chaleureux et lumineux
serp2000 (44073) 2013-11-08 6:40
These cactuses got me some problems in Arizona. Both my sneakers were stitched through by the needles )) Vedry interesting composition, very informative note too.
Have a good night!