Before we leave the subject of saguaro cacti
, we would be remiss if we failed to mention a rare but rather spectacular deformation in this species.
One can drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon in less than five hours, a spectacular daytrip accented by towering peaks, open deserts and saguaro cacti
The desert, with its red rocks and tall saguaro cacti
, comes straight out of a Western movie.
In the desert, lightning strikes are tree killers, and our giant saguaro cacti
are the tallest things out there.
With the onset of more clouds, I headed home, but not before I stopped by a beautiful grove of giant saguaro cacti
, the same spot where I'd captured some pretty neat pictures of Comet Hyakutake nine years ago (S&T: October 1996, page 86).
Plants such as saguaro cacti
and mesquite trees dot the landscape like living sculptures in a surreal terrain.
Some of the finest mulie hunting is found amid Sonora's stately saguaro cacti
Yet the harsh terrain of the surrounding Sonoran Desert sustains a remarkable variety of flora and fauna admirably adapted to conditions, such as clusters of towering saguaro cacti
that combine defensive hostility with procreative beauty.
Nathanson suggests that the city may even want to consider a preference for aesthetically disguised cell towers, such as the faux palm trees and saguaro cacti
that have sprung up during recent years in the Southwest.
Dubbed by the National Golf Foundation as the "Golf Capital of the World," the Phoenix area offers everyting from challenging desert courses among saguaro cacti
to oasis-style golf among tree-lined fairways.
Lower Sonoran Zone As you near the bottom of the canyon (especially at the western end), you enter a desert landscape where scorpions and rattlesnakes lurk and owls perch atop tall Saguaro cacti