On April 12, 2015 we took a short hike into Saguaro National Park East to take pictures of the leaning Saguaro of Tucson. At that time it still showed signs of life with flowers getting ready to bloom. A saguaro can lean for years, months or days. We didn’t know this one had only a few weeks before it’s roots gave up.
On May 26. 2015 we took another hike into the park. This giant was down. The Earth was getting ready to reclaim it. Per Park Service rules, unless something is obstructing a path or a danger to park personal or visitors, it will remain untouched.
Due to the heat of summer and travel, I didn’t make it back into the park until October 30, 2015. I was amazed at the amount of deterioration. This once robust beauty looked like a deflated balloon.
As you can tell, one arm still appears to be fairly healthy.
This huge creature once weighed thousands of pounds and has slowly been reduced to a lightweight.
The ribs were already showing.
Yet life continues to go on around it. Just like in the world of humans. as we lose the ones we love, we must go on. This flower and the wind are getting ready to sow seeds for the next season. Based on the abundance of rain we have had this year and what has been predicted, we are going to have another amazing spring.
This is the time of year people travel from all over the world to spend time in our city. We have so many beautiful places to hike and enjoy the beauty of the Southwest. To name just a few, Saguaro National Park East and West, Sabino Canyon. Madera Canyon, Tucson Mountains and Organ Pipe National Monument is just a few hours away. We are fortunate to have all of this and more in our own backyard. Please get out and enjoy it. We earned it after surviving another hot summer.