Saturday, March 8, 2014

Walking amongst the Giants

After a big breakfast at the Rock Springs Café we found a a hiking trail into a canyon filled with saguaro cactus. Anyone that has seen a desert western movie is familiar with this icon of the Sonoran Desert.  Saguaros can live up to seventy years. The number of arms is not an indicator of age. The first arms start growing somewhere between 15-20 years of age. Some never grow one at all. They can grow up to 70 feet tall. Did you know that a Saguaro can hold up to 1000 gallons of water?

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

I found my first butterfly of the year on this hike. My best estimation is that I have a Checkered White.

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky


weekend et coup de brosse said...

Vraiment de magnifiques photos ! Bon week-end !

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

HI Steve These are very big Cacti and imagine seeing a butterfly.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Fantastic desert.. Congrats for the pictures..

Carole M. said...

I'd enjoy this walk too; great location and photo opportunity Steve. It really surprised me to learn how much water they store? So this is drinkable - are they harvested at all either by humans or wildlife perhaps? I'm kind of imagining here like tapping into a maple tree :)!

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