Plump Saguaro Cactus in Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

This saguaro cactus is nearly bulging at its seams. The Sonoran Desert region in this part of Saguaro National Park has had a rainy period and the saguaros were able to soak up the rain water and store it in its ribs. As the weather becomes hotter and drier, the saguaro will use the stored water and the ribs will shrivel and become more ridged.

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  1. Black and white is a great choice on this; helps to emphasize the repetition of the lines and shadows.

  2. I agree with Sue, the B&W creates a wonderful view.

  3. I like this photo, it does give an very different perception on the cactus using the black and white. Very artistic.

  4. That Saguaro is in very prime condition! I love to see them like that!

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