A friend and I made a trip to the Sonoran Desert last weekend to look for desert blooms. We were lucky and found some vibrant colors that I will share in a later post. But—as usual—I just love the desert itself, especially the forest of Giant Saguaros. Whenever I visit, a sense of calm and belonging takes hold of my soul.
Something about the desert’s vast open vistas and abundant life intrigues me. Cacti have been growing here for hundreds of years. The saguaros themselves grow very slowly, so an individual cactus may only be a foot tall after about 15 years. After about 75 years, a saguaro will start to sprout its first branches or arms. Saguaros reaching 25 to 50 feet in height are typically older than 100 to 150 years.
These impressive saguaros persevere, endure, even thrive in what some say is a harsh climate. Their fruits and seeds feed local animals and make important contributions to ongoing life for those people who live in the desert as well, such as the Tohono O’odham.
These impressive plants have been a part of the desert landscape forever. Capturing these scenes in black and white helps to present this timeless aspect of the environment. These scenes taken a few days ago could just as easily have been taken years and years ago. I hope you enjoy this little trip through the Saguaro Forest of the Saguaro National Park on the outskirts of Tucson. On this day, the weather was spectacular, reaching into the 80’s with clear skies.
This post is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Take a New Photo. I have written about the Saguaro Cactus before and will again, but these photos were taken on Saturday, 19 March 2016.