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Saguaro
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Saguaro
Saguaro
Saguaro
The saguaro ( /səˈwɑroʊ/; scientific name Carnegiea gigantea) is a large, tree-sized cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea, which can grow to be over 50 feet tall. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in the U.S. state of Arizona, the Mexican state of Sonora, and the Whipple Mountains and Imperial County areas of California. The saguaro blossom is the State Wildflower of Arizona.
I had to do some climbing to get near the top of this one .My bad going where it says not to!

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    The night blooming white and yellow flowers appear April through June and the sweet, ruby-colored fruit matures by late June. Saguaro flowers are self incompatible thus require cross pollination. Large quantities of pollen are required for complete pollination as there are numerous ovules. A well-pollinated fruit will contain several thousand tiny seeds.

The major pollinators are bats, primarily the lesser long-nosed bat, feeding on the nectar from the night-blooming flowers, which often remain open in the morning. There are a number of floral characteristics geared toward bat pollination: nocturnal opening of the flowers, nocturnal maturation of pollen, very rich nectar, position high above the ground, durable blooms that can withstand a bat's weight, and fragrance emitted at night. One additional piece of evidence is that the amino acids in the pollen appear to help sustain lactation in bats. The flowers remain open into the daylight hours and continue to produce nectar after sunrise. Doves and bees appear to be the primary daytime pollinators

5/11/2012 11:04:29 AM

 
John Connolly
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What a superb capture of this wonderful flower Tammy! Your information is amazing, you did a fantastic job with this one!

5/11/2012 2:08:37 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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WOW!! What a beauty Tammy!!

5/11/2012 2:23:55 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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The tones, textures, detail, clarity, focus & close up are spectacular, Tammy! Fascinating info on this beautiful image & flower!

5/11/2012 4:38:11 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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A couple more facts,they need a host plant for the first five years of their lives.In their lifetime they will produce a million seed and only one will suvive.Hi Tammy,Beautiful capture Buddy.!!!!!!

5/11/2012 6:25:52 PM

 
Gina Cormier
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Beautiful Vegas!!!!!!!!! Such detail!!!

5/11/2012 6:25:58 PM

 
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Outstanding and beautiful.

5/11/2012 7:16:10 PM

 
Reynaldo D. Reyes
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I've always seen these big cactus trees towards Palmdale on route to Vegas. I didn't realize they had flowers, great shot here Tammy and wonderful info you've included.

5/11/2012 7:37:51 PM

 
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Such a beautiful and interesting cactus, Tammy.

5/11/2012 8:07:22 PM

 
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Rules are made to be broken...but some cautionary discretion ain't a bad idea either...so sayeth Mother Feldman! :) Glad you made the climb, tho, Vegas - this beautiful flower is incredibly detailed, with great light and color - worth every rule broken on second thought! :) (Superb info also!)

5/11/2012 9:49:19 PM

 
Lorraine A. Cook
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What a BEAUTY! I am glad you are OK!

Be careful out there, Tammy!!!

Night bloomer...does this mean the flowers open at the first sign of dusk??? How long does each flower last...a day or several days, My Friend???

5/12/2012 5:25:14 AM

 
Nancy L. Green
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ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS Tammy, you lighting and detail are exquisite, I love everything about this wonderful image!!! <><

5/12/2012 8:25:51 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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a cool floral!

5/12/2012 10:39:01 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Beautiful flower Tammy. Loved the information.

5/12/2012 6:04:07 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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Looks like it was worth the climb, Tammy! This is just gorgeous and your info is interesting too!! All around super work!

5/12/2012 8:21:32 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Whoa! This is amazing! Such beauty!!! I love it Tam-tam!

Loo-loo!!!

5/12/2012 8:35:38 PM

 
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Awesome in every way, Tammy! The detail is gorgeous, girl!!

5/12/2012 8:58:02 PM

 
Liz Bullock
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Ditto, awesome!

5/12/2012 9:08:57 PM

 
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As always CIty, I find as much pleasure in reading all about your subject as I do in seeing the beauty you capture. Absolutely gorgeous girl. I dont get the chance to see the cattus boom often, so for me its a treat. Incredible in all phases that make a picture stand out dear friend. Have a wonderfull day and be you.

5/13/2012 5:31:10 AM

 
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Beautiful bloom, Tammy. That climb sounds a little dangerous to me.

5/13/2012 10:40:47 AM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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WHat a cool looking flower and capture, Tammy!

5/13/2012 5:32:45 PM

 
Douglas Perry
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Fantastic flower. Great info!

5/13/2012 6:05:12 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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What an incredible-looking flower!!

5/13/2012 8:54:16 PM

 
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Beautiful capture and description, Tammy!

5/14/2012 6:57:27 AM

 
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Beautiful Image, Tammy!

5/14/2012 8:30:09 AM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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OH MY OH MY OH MY...MAGNIFICENT, Vegas! k

5/14/2012 5:01:57 PM

 
Dianne 
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Beautiful capture Tammy! The climb was well worth it! :)

5/14/2012 9:53:04 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Amazing capture, Tammy.

5/15/2012 5:06:46 PM

 
Karen Slagle
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Looks like a sticky situation, Tammy. A most excellent capture full of details.

5/15/2012 5:30:49 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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wonderful close up capture!

5/16/2012 4:21:31 AM

 
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sorry, previous comment it was me with wrong login :0))

5/16/2012 4:26:20 AM

 
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WOW, this flower is gorgeous! I don't think I have ever seen one! Perfect presentation! 8o)

5/16/2012 7:12:07 PM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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Wow big and beautiful. What a lovely capture.

5/18/2012 6:46:48 PM

 
Boyd L. Alexander
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The climb was worth it for sure Tammy! This macro is outstanding..love it!!!

5/22/2012 7:32:27 AM

 
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Wonderful capture, Tammy.....

5/25/2012 9:01:03 AM

 
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Congratulations, Tammy!

7/30/2012 12:03:23 PM

 
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Thank you everyone!! :)

7/30/2012 1:50:23 PM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Congrats again, Tammy.

7/30/2012 2:05:40 PM

 
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Congrats on your great finalist, Tammy!!

7/30/2012 2:40:35 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Tammy,WTG my friend.Congratulations on this beautiful finalist.LOL!!Cool cactus,never seen one before!!!!

7/30/2012 3:11:39 PM

 
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Congratulations!

7/30/2012 3:33:57 PM

 
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Huge congrats on Another wonderful Finalist, Tammy! Best of luck in the next round!

7/30/2012 3:35:49 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on a stunning finalist, Tammy.

7/30/2012 3:51:23 PM

 
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Tammy! Totally gorgeous...

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7/30/2012 6:44:56 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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I Always loved this one! :D WTG Girly!

-LooLoo

7/30/2012 8:56:32 PM

 
Colette Ms Messinger
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Fab Tammy just love it, well done again x

7/30/2012 11:54:08 PM

 
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Huge congrats and very best luck with this beauty, Tammy!!!

7/31/2012 4:15:57 AM

 
Val Feldman
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Hey, Tammy! CONGRATS!!

7/31/2012 6:18:02 AM

 
Julianne Bradford
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Whoo whoo..how could they miss this?? Congrats Tammy!

7/31/2012 8:29:20 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Thought we would see this beauty again, Tammy CONGRATS & good luck, my friend!

7/31/2012 8:41:35 AM

 
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Great closeup; love the details in the petals and stamens(?) Congratulations!

7/31/2012 10:15:02 AM

 
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Congratulations girl, I love this one, beautiful!!!

(shaking finger at you ) LOLOL

8/8/2012 8:47:30 PM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS Tammy on this wonderful finalist, WTG!! <><

10/31/2012 9:14:02 AM

 
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