Desert giant and Donna (to show scale) (). Photo by minnesotamom

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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minnesotamom

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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