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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

ABC Wed C- For Cactus


While in Quartzite Az we went to many of the vendors that come to this area in Jan and Fed, some are there longer.
Anyway I took this photo of this cactus, actual name is Saquaro cactus. As i was looking and taking photos i found this very nice surprise lodged in one of the holes of the cactus.



The Saguaro can grow only in narrow environmental niches within the Sonoran Desert, usually below elevations of 3,500 feet. Freezing temperatures and frosts can kill or damage the delicate plant. Wild arms and drooping limbs may indicate that a particular plant survived a bitter winter.

These distinctive human-like arms begin to grow only in middle age, about 75 years, after achieving a height of 14 to 16 feet. The oldest, with dozens or more branches, have marked the passage of many years.





































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50 comments:

Max-e said...

Hi Lilli, this is such an interesting post. These are incredible posts and getting the picture of the dove was a real bonus.

Autumn said...

I love the catcus. I haven't been in the desert since I was a kid, but I still remember how huge the catcus are that grow wild. Great choice for the ABC photo

HanneCecilie said...

What a great choice for the C. And how fun that it was a bird living in the Cactus.

miss*R said...

I remember seeing those cactus(or similar) when we visited Arizona.. gorgeous.. although, I don't think I would like to be cuddled by those 'arms'..thankyou for the welcome to ABC Wednesday.. and thankyou for visiting my blog !

RuneE said...

What else could it be fro the "Desert people"? - very interesting indeed.

Ida said...

Great Choise!
A BIG Cactus!
happy ABC! :)

david mcmahon said...

Wonderful choice for C. One day I'll get to the US of A to photograph cactii ....

Kostas said...

The wild pigeon found a marvellous and sure place for nest!
All the photographs are marvellous, as the comment in post.

ArneA said...

The most exiting with Cactus is the blossom. How, when and for how long

hpy said...

Ouch! It stings.

Daniel J Santos said...

Nice photos, that's a great "C2, well done...
With Images

Petunia said...

Interesting post! Nice shot!

Liz said...

Gosh that must have been a big cactus! I thought it was a mouse peeking out till I looked closer!

DarylE said...

Awesome .. I love the shot of the nesting bird .. :)

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Hi lilli travel,
That a great C for this Poor CACTUSSES and I like the photo's all very much, thanks for showing:)

Come and see my ABC's photography
JoAnn Holland
Participant in ABC wednesday

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Hi Lilli
That a great C for this poot and hurted Cuactuss's but I like the photo's all very well

Come and see my ABC's photography
JoAnn Holland
Participant in ABC wednesday

quintarantino said...

So I guess this cactus is like the Sheraton Hotel for those little ones living inside?
Nice photos.

Petunia said...

Nice shot! And the littke bird in the cactus. Cute!

dot said...

That was a nice find! I've never seen a cactus that big except in pictures. Amazing!

kml said...

What a perfect home for them - nothing will brave those spikes to get them. Great post!

Dragonstar said...

Good shots, particularly that last one - really special!

Randi said...

Nice picture you had taken. And the cute bird in the nest was a nice surprise. :))

bonnie said...

Will you look at that! There's a little bird in there. What a perfect shelter, a very protective environment for a bird.

Andrea said...

Such a big cactus at that. Good, large "C" post.

Katney said...

I am always fascinated by the Saguaro Cactus on our frequent visits to Arizona.

DeeMom said...

wonderful pictures adn great information

Old Wom Tigley said...

Well spotted... I nearly missed it at first... neat cactus as well.

happyone said...

Great shots and very interesting post. I posted a couple of small cactus plant pictures just a couple of days ago.
btw - we don't have his and hers license plates for the vettes, but we do have "4 KEN" & "4 KAREN". :-)

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Wow!! What a great C! Beautiful cactus and it was very nice that the bird was living ther:)
Have a nice day:)

Neva said...

Very nice cactus!

HildeS. said...

Great photos of cactus, and I like the one with the bird:)

photowannabe said...

The seguaro cactus is so interesting and the home to many critters. Enjoying your RV travelogue and photos.

Jean M Fogle said...

Nice pics and the cactus is amazing. I would hate to waunder into it at night!

Anne-Berit said...

A great choise for c,love the bird in the cactus:)

VP said...

Great C Lilli & Nevada! Reminds me of my holiday to Arizona a few years back...

Gemma said...

Hi..I live in Az. Your cactus photo is cool. They call them Cactus hotels because so many animals find shelter in them.

Yolanda said...

I really like these photos.Love the desert landscapes.

NYCindividual said...

trange how something so ugly can become so beautiful.

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Don't think I'd ever seen
a bird or even a photo of
a bird inside a Cactus b/4.
Great C photos.

Have a Blessed Happy Fun
Creative Thinking Year!!!

alexander said...

Very interesting post. That is a very safe place for a bird to live in.
Great capture!

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

Janet said...

Wonderful photos! I love the last one with the bird in the cactus!!

Sharon said...

Nice photos and intersting info! Thanks for sharion. That was a wonderful catch to find the inhabitants at home!

Gordon said...

Interesting post. I did not realize that cactii grow that old and tall.

Meggie said...

Great little lesson on the cactus, Lilli...thanks. What kind of bird was nesting inside? Nice shot!

Annie said...

Home sweet home.

Kate Isis said...

Spiky little thinsg aren't they.
Don't get to close.
Ouch!
Happy Wednesday

Siani said...

Oh wow! Amazing cactus shots. They're the only plants I can successfully grow, but mine are only tiny things compared to that. Thanks for visiting me.

mrsnesbitt said...

Love the tiny creatures peeping out!

DigitalShutterMania said...

Awesome post. It is very big Cactus so the bird can live inside ; )

Paulie said...

Just trying to catch up on reading posts. . . been behind all week! Your cactus photo story is interesting! Nice protection for some bird family!