Lucy Dickens

Sonoran Giant by Lucy Dickens

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Sonoran Giant

by Lucy Dickens

36" x 18"

$2,560

 

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Saguaro cactus are the sentinels of the desert standing so grand and majestic, crowned by white blooms come spring. Her arms welcoming and sheltering wrens, woodpeckers, owls and many more. The saguaro (pronounced “sah-wah-roh”) can live to be 200 years old and 50 feet tall? What changes they must see throughout their lifespan growing only in our Sonoran desert. It can take 50-7o years for a saguaro to produce its first arm and up to 100 in areas of lower rainfall. How old must this grand sentinel be? She grows arms ever reaching in the front yard of our new property in Carefree. Each time I visit during the build she amazes and mesmerizes me. I watch her throughout the seasons, what wildlife comes and goes. Late spring she blooms creamy-white flowers with yellow centers. Her blossoms open during cooler desert nights and close again by tomorrow’s midday. Her blooms are the Arizona state flower and rightfully so. Next comes the fruit which ripens just before the rainy season. This red fruit feeds so many desert birds, animals, and insects alike. This fruit is also an important food source to locals and Native Americans. How fortunate am I to enjoy her so close, thankful for the gift she is.

 

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