Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Old Man

Cambo WRS/IQ160 Schneider 35mm
f/11 1/180 ISO 50

For those who don't know what a Saguaro is let us offer the following brief description....

A Saguaro is "a large, tree-sized cactus species in the monotypic gens Carnegegiea, which can grow to be over 20 meter (~70 ft) tall." ( click here for more information.) 

Canon 1DsIII EF24-70 II, 53mm
f/14 1/125 ISO 50
Saguaros are native to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and are abundant in the Tucson area where we live.  They can also be found in Sonora, Mexico as well as in the Whipple Mountains and Imperial County of California.

Canon 1DsIII EF24-70 II, 24mm
f/13 1/125 ISO 50

The "Old Man" was found south of Tucson and while dead or dying still stands well over 8-ft tall.

One of the many things we love about looking at Saguaros is that like snowflakes no two look the same.   We've also learned that even in death they can take on a presence all their own.  Don likes to call the Saguaro "Cactus People".  We plan to add more Saguaros as the year goes so stay tuned.

Sandy & Don

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