Today’s subject was the Saguaro cactus in our backyard. It is an iconic, towering, majestic beast, beautiful in its own way.
These plants are native to the Sonoran desert, and can live to be 150-200 years old. They can grow large “arms,” (branches) but usually the plants are many years old when that happens. The nubs on this cactus may or may not grow larger and become arms. The roots of the Saguaro are usually only about 6-8 inches from the surface, but radiate from the plant as far as it is tall.
Here is my photo study for the day:
Crack in the bottom looks like a split seam:
“Nubs” at the top:
Will they be arms?
This cactus is fat with plenty of moisture. The recent rains have plumped it up. It’s September and at last the desert is cooling down!