Organ Pipe Cactus

Sonoran Desert

in the Sonoran Desert

The Organ Pipe Cactus is one of the giant cacti, second in size only to the more iconic Saguaro. Instead of having a single trunk with branches, the organ pipe has 6 to 20 stems all growing from a central trunk. It will typically grow about 15 feet tall, though specimens have measured more than 20 feet in height.

Its habitat is limited to Sonora and Baja California, Mexico, and southwestern Arizona. In the United States, the largest number are found in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument located near the Mexico/Arizona border.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.

Comments

  1. Anna Surface says:

    Wow! Look at that cacti! I bet it was a sight to see. Amazing plants, actually. Say, I really like the header, Bo.

  2. Anna Surface says:

    Wow! Look at that cacti! I bet it was a sight to see. Amazing plants, actually. Say, I really like the header, Bo.

  3. I had all but forgotten those, Bo. I’ll bet, somewhere in my old file of 35mm slides, I have photos of those same cactus! Good memories.

  4. I had all but forgotten those, Bo. I’ll bet, somewhere in my old file of 35mm slides, I have photos of those same cactus! Good memories.

  5. Wonderful, joys of nature! These are amazing:)

  6. Wonderful, joys of nature! These are amazing:)

  7. Beatiful image, and I see you’ve switched from winter to hopeful in the header. 🙂

  8. Beatiful image, and I see you’ve switched from winter to hopeful in the header. 🙂

  9. I learn so much as you share with us your travels. What an exquisite cactus plant. WOW!

  10. I learn so much as you share with us your travels. What an exquisite cactus plant. WOW!

  11. Interesting plants, cacti. I never knew there were so many varieties before I started viewing all of your photographs.

  12. Interesting plants, cacti. I never knew there were so many varieties before I started viewing all of your photographs.

  13. I love these organ cacti almost as much as I love the saguaros! Great pic…makes me long for Arizona!

  14. I love these organ cacti almost as much as I love the saguaros! Great pic…makes me long for Arizona!

  15. Bo Mackison says:

    Debi – makes me long for Arizona, too. I am going through a massive withdrawal…:-)

  16. Bo Mackison says:

    Debi – makes me long for Arizona, too. I am going through a massive withdrawal…:-)

  17. Very interesting. I learn something nearly every time I visit your blog! 🙂

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