Sunday, May 14, 2006

In Search of the Elusive Saguaro Flower - Part 1

Late this afternoon I set off to Sabino Canyon to take pictures of Saguaro Flowers. A Saguaro flowers late April through June. Individual flowers open at night and close the next afternoon. I walked for 45 minutes through a Sabino Canyon Saguaro "forest" and got some good pictures of flower buds but could not find an open flower. I will try again tomorrow. Check back then...

You can see the flower buds about to open in the middle of the picture. Tonight is a full moon. I bet those open tonight. The black stubs to the right are dried flowers that opened several days ago.

This is a group of middle-aged Saguaro. Generally a Saguaro does not grow its first arm until it is at least 50 years old. Saguaro can live to be 200 years old.

"Beep, Beep" A road runner I saw in the road.

Later I got him posing for me. Well actually he is just looking for a little afternoon lizard snack.

Two night hawks feasting on bugs.