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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

We visited Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on January 28, 2005. Always a favorite of mine, this park is located in southern Arizona, on the border with Mexico. The park has an extraordinary collection of plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert. This area is a showcase for creatures who have adapted themselves to the extreme temperatures, intense sunlight, and little rainfall that characterize this Southwest region. Formost among the desert dwellers who have mastered the harsh environment are the cacti. Altogether 26 species inhabit the monument, including the saguaro, and, of course, the monument's namesake, the organ pipe cactus.

DSC_4379 Cactus forest at Organ Pipe National Monument * 700 x 464 * (257KB)
DSC_4380 Cholla * 700 x 467 * (283KB)
DSC_4382 Cholla * 700 x 464 * (244KB)
DSC_4383 Saguaro skeleton * 334 x 534 * (193KB)
DSC_4385 Desert Landscape * 700 x 467 * (227KB)
  Cactus forest at Organ Pipe National Monument  
  Cholla  
  Cholla  
  Saguaro skeleton  
  Desert Landscape  
DSC_4387 Cholla * 354 x 534 * (183KB)
DSC_4388 Saguaro * 354 x 534 * (127KB)
DSC_4396 Ocatillo * 354 x 534 * (180KB)
DSC_4397 Ocotillo leaves * 354 x 534 * (105KB)
DSC_4399 Double arch * 700 x 464 * (280KB)
  Cholla  
  Saguaro  
  Ocatillo  
  Ocotillo leaves  
  Double arch  
DSC_4412 Rock with water * 354 x 534 * (184KB)
DSC_4413 Organ Pipe Cactus * 356 x 534 * (157KB)
DSC_4422 Saguaro Cactus * 356 x 534 * (164KB)
DSC_4423 * 700 x 533 * (164KB)
  Rock with water  
  Organ Pipe Cactus  
  Saguaro Cactus  
   
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