Saguaro

Saguaro Cactus born 1916

“He’s a keeper,” Megan said of this saguaro cactus photo.

P.s. For those of you following along on the blog—Thank You—Megan found out she got the job with Keshet Dance in Albuquerque! She and Jon will be moving to New Mexico in early 2021.

I have at least a few more blazing effulgent photos to share of the native desert plants of Arizona. ??️

Cactus Forest Overlook

What’s cool about Saguaro National Park is that its existence was spearheaded by local residents with foresight.  They saw that the saguaro was threatened in the 1920’s: mature cactuses were being chopped down for road pavement, and cattle grazing for livestock would trample seedlings.  So Howard Shantz led the effort to protect the saguaro and its Southwest forest home.

It was astounding to learn about mature saguaros.  Branches begin to appear on the cactus after 50 to 70 years of age. A saguaro is generally considered to be an adult ~125 years of age, with an average life span of ~150-175 years.

Here is what the national park wrote of this here pictured saguaro—

“This saguaro, sprouted from a tiny black seed in 1916, was carefully transplanted here to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Park Service.  In 2016 both the cactus and the Service celebrated their centennial, 100 years!

“En 1916, una pequeña semilla de saguaro germinó.  En 1966, el saguaro, ya 15 pies de alto, fue trasplantado cuidadosamente frente al centro de visitantes en celebración del 50 aniversario del Servicio de Parques Nacionales.  Ven a celebrar el cumpleaños de 100 años de ambos este saguaro y el Servicio de Parques Nacionales en el ano 2016.”

Saguaro National Park
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