Take a Stand


Today’s photo is a stand of saguaros.  It just looked like it needed an “old west” effect.  There’s a place here called Old Tucson Studios, where many old west films were made.  John Wayne spent quite a bit of time there while filming Rio Bravo and McLintock.  Word has it that he admired the saguaro cactus.  (I had such a huge crush on the Duke).  So there you have it, Pilgrim.

Does anybody know how long it takes one of these arms to grow?  Namaste’


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Gigi Centaro says:

    I believe it takes 50 years to grow an arm and they weigh about a ton. Magnificent plants.


    1. You’re right! Once I knew that, I had a profound respect for our sentinels of the desert. They have to be really hearty, don’t they?


  2. zannyro says:

    ooooohh,,the “howdy” cactus..gotta love it 🙂


  3. Kay Rolfe says:

    Isn’t it like a 100 years or a very long time? Some cactus is very pretty but in general I hate. It, that and palm trees.


    1. Each arm takes about 50 years or so to get going. These guys are just plain tough to survive that long. And yes, palm trees are messy.


  4. kt11 says:

    I like the fact you are adding these cool frames to your photos now. Endless possibilities.


    1. So true … for some photos it’s just the finishing touch and it’s fun to experiment with them. Thanks for your comment.


  5. 8teen39 says:

    For some reason whenever I come across sagauro, individually or in groups, my day turns lighter. How can you take yourself too seriously when these guys are there to mock you? They’re so human, even with multiple “arms”. And your texturing is perfect!


    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I feel the same way; in fact I talk to the saguaro in my back yard. It’s called Woody’s Hotel, because of all the woodpecker families it houses.


  6. Mona says:

    I agree with all of the above comments. Yesterday, I noticed one on the side of the road in bloom which tells me I need to get out of town into the desert or get to the Desert Botanical Gardens where I can shoot pictures in safety.


    1. Staying safe is important; I’ve wanted to get many shots but just knew I’d get run over. All the saguaros are starting their cresting now. Just beautiful. We almost need a ladder to get to the top for the best shots 🙂 Be well and stay blessed, Mona.


      1. Mona says:

        You’re right … a very TALL step ladder.


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