Photographer's Note

I initially had no idea this day would have such an unusual sunset, considering it was cloudy the entire day. But the clouds broke on the horizon just as the sun was setting, and the sky was truly that black and the sunset that orange and red. It was absolutely dark when I walked by flashlight along a desert path back to the road here in the Saguaro National Park--I was glad I didn't step on a rattlesnake, which are most active at dusk time. I was on a cross-country move at the time, so I was the only one who had parked along the road in a 40-foot truck & trailer towing a car, which helped me find my way back.

That's a Saguaro cactus on the right, with a dry Ocotillo plant on the left. The Saguaro cactus only grows naturally in the Sonoran Desert. The Saguaro National Park has approximately 1.6 million of these cacti (I didn't count them, no, that's what books are for). Saguaros are a very slow growing cactus, but live a long time, wiht an average life span of 150 years, while some live over 200 years. A 20 foot tall saguaro weighs around 2,000 pounds.

Saguaro National Park, about 15 miles east of the city of Tucson, was originally named a National Monument in 1933, then was elevated to a National Park in 1994. Because of the extremely hot summers, most visitors come between November and April. Not only lower-elevation deserts are in the Park, but the mountains in the park reach as high as 8,500 feet above sea level.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Dave Bjostad (Bjostad) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 71] (306)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-01-08
  • Categories: Naturaleza
  • Exposición: f/2.8, 1/60 segundos
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  • Versión de la foto: Versión original
  • Date Submitted: 2008-01-16 12:34
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