Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Spring in the Desert

I love this time of year. The desert is waking in all its colorful glory. The palo verde trees are sending their yellow confetti across the streets, the daisies are dancing in yards and my favorite, the giant saguaro cacti, are getting their crowns.

The saguaro is only found in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and northern Mexico. They can grow to be 40 to 50 feet tall and have as many as 25 arms. Each one of those arms develops its own crown of white flowers in the spring and red fruit in the summer. They can live to be over 200 years old.

The saguaro cactus is the Arizona state flower. It is a stately cactus and seeing them marching across the desert is something that shouldn't be missed. I often wonder what the early explorers and settlers thought as they came across these prickly "trees."

As our Arizona temperatures reach the triple digits it is wonderful to be able to look out and see nature's bounty. What special  bounty does your area have?