Monday, March 12, 2018

Columns Of Cacti

The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument share 31 miles of international border with Mexico.  It's located on AZ-85, the state highway that runs between Why, Arizona and Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.  On our way through, we stopped at the visitor's center to gather some information and drive through some of the park to take a few pictures. 

Taken from the National Park Service brochure and the NPS website:

The organ pipe is a large cactus rarely found in the United States, although it is common in Mexico.  The monument protects the bulk of its US range.  Like its fellow cacti and other desert inhabitants, the organ pipe is attuned to rhythms of the sun and infrequent rains.  A glutton for heat and light, it grows on warmer slopes where it can absorb the most sun.  This is critical in winter months when severe frosts can kill the cactus.  It blooms in the heat of May, June, and July, opening lavender-white flowers after the sun sets. Organ Pipe Cactus can live to over 150 years of age, and will only produce their first flower near the age of 35.

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Flashback To The South

2016: Debonair
2015: Geographically Centered
2014: Full Brain, Full Belly, Full Wallet
2013: Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo
2012: Honing Her Skills For The Nursing Home
2011: Fire Up The Grill
2010: The Voice Of Tucson Speaks
2009: Crossing Over To The White Side
2008: Eddie Voyager Of The Seas Friday
2007: Indiscriminate Discrimination
2006: Dancing Queen
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

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