Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Saguaro Winter

Winter in Saguaro National Park produces muted shades of browns, greens, rust and lavender, warmed by early morning and late evening light

Textures, shapes and size are what makes photos at this time of year interesting

It is a beautiful, but very hostile environment.  EVERTHING, and I mean everything, seems to have stickers or thorns, from huge needles to little tiny slivers you can't even see, but you certainly can feel.  Even though I was careful not to touch anything, they must be able to jump out and attach themselves because I'm still picking out slivers!

The size and shapes of these Saguaros are magnificent.  I will give you a little more information on them in my next post. 

22 comments:

Sandra said...

these are awe inspiring to me, i have never seen any of these except on tv and in photos. i love the curves and colors of the first one and the macro shot is wonderful. i know about the spines, i picked up a wide flat piece of cactus, nothing like these, when i was a child and had those spines for weeks. isn't he standing to close to that prickly cactus?

Robin said...

Karen, wonderful shots. I've only been to Arizona once, but was absolutely enthralled with the Saguaros.
They are so beautiful but so hostile! I've seen shots of birds actually nesting in them. Amazing

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

I can't believe how large they are...beautiful photos...sorry I've been mia...just busy...things should settle down now...I think!!!
The mountains in the distance are so gorgeous...

Joop Zand said...

Fantastic pictures Karen.... so sharp and colorful.

Greetings, Joop

Ginny said...

These are amazing pictures, and you have really captured the enormity of them!! They seem like some kind of living animal!

Avery said...

Great set of photos Karen!

ρομπερτ said...

They look very much alive. Thank you for sharing such great pictures. Please have you all a good Wednesday.

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Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

LOVE the last picture. It certainly gives you an idea how large is the Saquaro!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Fascinating pictures.One would want to be careful among all those sharp points.

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

An old friend described the desert by saying anything that didn't stick, sting or bite was a mirage.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi! I just became a follower after looking through your wonderful blog! Congratulations on becoming a grandmother again. I am expecting my second grandson this spring:)
I love taking photographs and hope to learn more from you as I visit your blog. Thanks!
Pat

SouthernSass said...

Wow - incredible photos and I cannot believe the size of that plant!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Beautiful photos, Karen! The Saguaros are impressive, aren't they?!

Char said...

what a great adventure - they always entice me with their weird shapes

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I plan to be there in a month or so (when it warms up some). You've provided me with a new way to look at the plants. I like that close-up. Never thought of doing that. Hope you don't mind my stealing your ideas.

T. Becque said...

It's funny to come to a new blog and see scenes that I know so well! :) Thanks for your visit, your photos are beautiful. YOu captured the desert and it's eccentricities very well. Your maternity photos are gorgeous too!

diane b said...

Your pics are full of Shape and texture and desert hues.The different angles makes them dramatic .

Stacey Dawn said...

Awesome textures...what a beautifully unique place... love that last one with your hubby - great composition!

darlin said...

Karen, these are fantastic photos! I am in awe of how large the cactus is and your husband is brave to stand that close to one. I'm feeling the prickly needles just looking at your photos!

janc@mac.com said...

Such a contrast from your previous post -- everything soft, beautiful and lovable.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Fantastic. Just love this Karen. Leave it to you to capture such beauty. !!! Welcome back .

bluekat said...

These are wonderful! I love the texture and the interesting twisty shapes. Almost like I could touch the screen and feel the prickliness and roughness.