Monday, August 2, 2010

The demise of the "Leaning Tower of Saguaro"

We have...er, had...two very tall and very old Saguaro cacti in our front yard.  We've now been in the low Sonoran Desert for nearly four years and the novelty of these majestic specimens of the plant world has yet to be lost on me.  They.  Are.  Awesome. 

This one has been leaning for some time.  Ralph and I knew it was only a matter of time before it could no longer hold itself up, and that time came a few days ago.  We had some monsoon rains, and it finally toppled over.

Happy it missed our baby orange tree...and our house. 

Just pretend you don't see the weeds.  Thanks.
There have been many cactus wrens, gilded flickers, and gila woodpeckers raise their families here.  I'm sad to see its end.  The current plan is to let nature take its course and let this old beauty rot away to its skeleton.  Ralph's back is incredibly grateful for this plan.  Trust me, it's a lot heavier than it looks.

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