Saguaro
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MIXTAPE // 008 Sonoran Desert Mix

MIXTAPE // 008 Sonoran Desert Mix

31 May 2018

Saguaro

As the sun sets, a whole new world begins to come to life. 

At dusk, the colours emerge out of the landscape slowly revealing details not visible in the middle of the day. The cacti transform from a sharp green to a soft golden yellow, the deep cord pattern on their trunks filling with shadows and light. I came here to find the wild horses but I also found a new subject; the saguaro. This was my first time seeing a saguaro in the desert and I was completely enamoured by its beauty and grandeur. The saguaro can grow over 40 feet and has a long lifespan, often exceeding 150 years. They grow their first arm any time between 75 – 100 years but some never grow any arms at all. Being up close to a saguaro was such a surreal experience. I suppose one of the best parts of a road trip is seeing something beautiful and being able to pull over and take a photo and in this case, find a new subject.

 

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