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|This was taken in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument near Ajo Arizona and very near to the USA/Mexican border. The Monument celebrates the life and landscape of the Sonoran Desert. Here, in this desert wilderness of plants and animals and dramatic mountains and plains scenery, you can drive a lonely road, hike a backcountry trail, camp beneath a clear desert sky, or just soak in the warmth and beauty of the Southwest. The Monument exhibits an extraordinary collection of plants of the Sonoran Desert, including the organ pipe cactus, a large cactus rarely found in the United States. It is also home to the Saguaro cactus. The Saguaro cacti provide their sweet fruits to hungry desert animals. They also provide homes to a variety of birds, such as the Harris’ hawk, Gila woodpecker and the tiny elf owl. Yet, the saguaro requires other desert plants for its very survival. |
During the first few years of a very long life, a young saguaro needs the shade and protection of a nurse plant such as the palo verde tree. With an average life span of 150 years, a mature saguaro may grow to a height of 50 feet and weigh over 10 tons. The Saguaro in the foreground is probably nearly 75 years old and will soon be forming its first branch.
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What a wondeful cacti! Looking at your picture my cactus on my parapet looks so poor :-(
- [2005-01-21 5:09]
Great landscape Julie! What a view! I like blue sky and sahpes and greens of cactus. And rocks on BG. Great work.
Sorry bu points tomorrow.
Very nice landscape and informative note. Perhaps a little bit of noise in the sky, but the composition is very appealing.
- [2005-01-23 15:12]
Great landscape shot Julie. The composition with the greens in the foreground and the mountains in the BG is great.
Very well done and thanks for posting.
A very nice landscape. POV, DOF and BG are oké. Colours are naturel. A little bit of noise in the sky. A perfect view. Regards and TFS Bob