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Saguaro Arm Buds 76930

Sonoran Desert

I think the proper term for the arms of Saguaro Cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) is branches, like a tree, but arms seems
more descriptive to me so that's what I think of them as. I also don't know what the proper term is for the
start of a new arm, but I think of it as an arm bud (lower left corner in the photo), so that's what
I'll call it here.

I've also been curious what the very start of a new arm bud looks like and saw one this day (upper
right corner of the photo). It looks like it splits out the skin of the cactus at one of the spine
pores (again, for lack of the proper term) and grows from there.

Fascinating plants.

Photographed west of Tucson, Arizona USA.

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
1/250s f/8.0 at 115.0mm iso200 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Lloyd & Sandy Spitalnik14-Mar-2008 07:20
Love this shot! L&S
Nikhil Bahl10-Mar-2008 04:26
Love the composition. v
Guest 13-Dec-2007 14:19
interesting and visually excellent, i like the square cut and the soft green tones v.
monil13-Dec-2007 13:57