Saturday, February 6, 2010

Gigantic Cactus Tree

There are many trails to hike in the Saguaro National Monument Park in Tucson.

I was hiking and found this stately and gigantic cactus tree. It was a perfect sky and day to take this image.

Remember it takes 80 years of life before a Saguaro cactus can start to grown an arm. You can now see how old the Saguaro cactus is in the photo.

Also, the cactus weighs approximately 100 pounds per foot (150 kilograms per meter). These cactus are very heavy from the dense, moist flesh containing so much water.

This week, the photos on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site features the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.

15 comments:

brattcat said...

Such patient plants.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

I love to see a beautiful photo and LEARN something. The fact about how long it takes for a cactus to grown an arm is something.

Still in awe of your cross on the hill with the moon photo!

Jan
GDP

Leif Hagen said...

THAT's what I think of when someone says Arizona! Awesome shot!

Sharon said...

That is a rather majestic saguaro!

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

The Saguaro cactus in your picture looks like a tree. It is indeed an amazing plant.

PAK said...

It looks really great!

James said...

That is probably the most interesting cactus that I've seen. You took a wonderful photo of it.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Sharon's comment is perfect. This saguaro is majestic.

susieofarabia said...

I really miss seeing the big saguaros - I used to love to paint them...

Anonymous said...

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.

We have smaller, thinner cactii that with too much water will break off. Then I plant the broken piece.

Louis

Magpie said...

What a wonderful picture of what looked like a wonderful day to go hiking!

Kathleen said...

Makes me a little homesick for the valley! Love your photo!

Don and Krise said...

Wow, this really is an "old timer".

J Bar said...

Amazing cactus.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Kate said...

They are impressive in size and growing period!

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