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Desert giant and Donna (to show scale)

Uploaded by: minnesotamom

Monday March 4, 2013

Tucson, AZ (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Those Saguaros are just mind-boggling!! They grow in all sorts of shapes and sizes, up to several tons! Birds and animals burrow right into the outer flesh and make nests and burrows in them. They grow scar tissue around the hole--when they die it dries out into what's called a boot. Some Native Americans harvest them and some paint pictures on them and sell them. The ribs inside have long been used as building materials by the Natives too.

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4. minnesotamom
12:42 AM GMT on March 13, 2013
Thanks so much, Heidrun! It was a glorious place to explore! :-)
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3. trailhiker44
8:13 PM GMT on March 11, 2013
Gorgeous series, Kathy !
So happy for you to have escaped the MN winter for a while !
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2. minnesotamom
8:06 PM GMT on March 10, 2013
Thanks for your note, Delana! Yes, they're really huge, weighing several tons when full grown!
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1. CalicoBass
2:23 PM GMT on March 10, 2013
Wow, I didn't realize they were that big, sure shows with Donna in the photo. Great info too.
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Hi! My name is Kathy and I live in northern Minnesota, USA, where the winter temps have dipped down to -60º below zero F. The summers used to be mild but in recent years have been up in the 90ºs. I love being able to travel the world from my office chair, through all your great photos! I've learned tons about photography and editing photos thanks to all the great people on here and their willingness to share tips. Thank you to all you Wunderfriends who take time to look and leave notes---I deeply appreciate it. :-)

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