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Its all about Saguaro Love.
Just something about a saguaro sky is All Desert Love . . .
EJ Montini, there on the left, does not hold back. Starting with the title of this article “Save Saguaros, Sacrifice Self-Serving Politicians”! And you heard him right at the very end of the video:
Now, I do not live in Arizona and just ran across this House Bill 2570 this week while researching Saguaro Love. So many desert revelations this week! So good for my brain and heart.
When I think desert, the image of a saguaro pops into mind. I don’t think I’m alone with this one. When you type in “cactus” on Amazon, you get a variety of items like these:
You notice the recurring theme here? Saguaros are so synonymous with the desert and with cactus. People who are passionate about the desert . . . are passionate about cactus . . . and are then very much passionate about saguaros. It was so baffling to me, in this day in age of an increasing global awareness and environmental conservation concerns, that a homebuilder would actually attempt to pass something like this House Bill 2570! An attempt to make it easier to build – build – BUILD without having to worry about the significance that the indigenous vegetation plays in the ecosystem that they are disrupting.
Phoenix zoning rules state, “Development should minimize the removal of existing healthy Sonoran Desert vegetation. … If removal is necessary, mature trees and cacti should be salvaged and utilized on site.”
Those rules cite 19 species that should be salvaged, including saguaro, ocotillo, ironwood, mesquite and paloverde. Other cities have similar requirements.
Saguaros, which are unique to the Sonoran Desert, are often featured as the iconic images of the region. Other native plants, such as the ironwood, aren’t as well known but also add Arizona character. Source: The Arizona Republic, 2015
I searched for more recent information on the status of this bill and it looks like it is still pending for further review, although it has been voted down. I admit to not being very politically savvy, so I may have misread the summary of the progress of this bill. Not a revelation there, politics not on my radar. Like here, every time I venture into that murky and confusing realm I step in yet another frustrating and baffling something or other is being passed or built (i.e. Trans-Pecos Pipeline).
I was all set on my research journey to post a slew of factoids for this Saguaro Love post when that alarming bill showed up on my feed. I am going to share just a few on this post and will just have to make another trip into this world. Now, did you know the following about the Saguaro? . . .
~ Scientific name is Carnegiea gigantea, latin for “gigantic candle”. If you recognized it, this name is also in honor of Andrew Carnegie.
~ Known as “Monarch of the Sonoran Desert” with the blossom as the Arizona state’s wildflower.
That last one startled me, because I didn’t realize how small a specific total area this iconic southwest cacti actually came from. Again, you think desert then there’s a saguaro popping up, but in reality that apparently is not a given. And yet it is extraordinarily popular as a subject in photography. The photography is the inspiration for this share. So many incredible captures that I am very eager to feature, just so I can continue to find more and more to share for another day!
Click on their IG name on the top-left for their gallery page and on the left, if you are logged in to IG – you can easily follow their amazing views.
This last one was just a really unforgettable, unique shot that I had to share.
Who in the desert isn’t a Jeep fan?
Note: I have made an effort to search these images for Google in an attempt to only feature valid talent. Please relay if I have overlooked and posted a stolen image. I believe in giving credit to where it is due.
There you go for my very first share for the Spectacular Saguaro.
Did you feel the love?
Those images really are beyond words.
I am very eager to share more, so I hope you will follow me on My Desert Love journey!
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