Tucson’s Saguaro National Park is constantly evolving with births, growth and deaths. Due to it’s National Park status, unless a park plant or feature is obstructing a path, road or could be harmful to visitor’s or personnel, nothing is disturbed.
This saguaro is close to the beginning of the Broadway entrance. I thought it would be interesting to document it’s transformation back to the earth. During the last few days of April or early May, despite it’s sprouting of spring blooms. nature took down this giant.
It’s final resting place is just a few feet off the trail. My first visit was as the sun was starting to set. The Rincon Mountains are a back drop.
You wonder if there was a loud crack or boom as the base split to reveal it’s inner core. We had a wet winter and spring, of course lots of wind. Either one could have been a contributing factor. The ribs of the saguaro are used as building materials. The Tohono O’odham would use them in the roofs for their ramadas.They would rest atop mesquite beams, used to form the base. The ribs were also used to form walls. They continue to be used today by the O’odham and the Seri Indians.
Desert critters had already eaten the blooms. None were to be found.
You can see the holes of the homes of birds.
Look at the beautiful textures of nature.
How long will these arms cling to their former home?
It’s outer shell will be the first to fall away.
It’s arms appear to have tried to stop it’s fall.
Here we are in May of 2015. We will come back in a month to see the miracle of nature replenishing the earth.
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Did you know there are only two national parks dedicated to cactus? Both are located in Arizona. In Tucson we have Saguaro National Park East and West. Just over a hundred miles away, south of Ajo and hugging the border of Mexico, Organ Pipe National Monument. Another beautiful destination. Do you have a favorite cactus. Let me know in the comments below.