Saturday, May 19, 2012

Photo: Saguaro Cactus Blossom in Bloom

I found a saguaro cactus that had a low blossom so I could get a closer photo of a blossom starting to bloom.

This photo shows saguaro ribs.  Saguaros are adapted to the intense desert sun.  On the north side of cacti, the ribs are wider apart.  On the south and west, they are closer together to provide a more shade for the fleshy surface.

Even the cacti can get sun burned.  Whenever we buy a cactus, we examine the ribs to see which side should face west, otherwise they may die if not positioned properly.

We have travel photos posted at Viva la Voyage from our wonderful trip to Atacama, Chile.

2 comments: said...

Hopefully, when you got this close to a saguaro, you did not get too close.

Teresa said...

Another saguaro fact I did not know. amazing!

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