Lisa over at Boondock ramblings gave me this idea for a fun little post. She commented on one of my posts about how big the cacti were in one photo and that got me thinking that maybe there are others out there in the world that haven’t been exposed to cacti like someone who grew up in a Sonaran desert.
So I thought I share with you all some of the giants of our desert with the saguaro being the top dog of them all.
Here in Arizona we have all kinds of places to walk around to see these huge succulents up close. State parks, museums, and even garden nurseries.
Walks are especially fun when they come with interesting things to see.
Some of these cacti have very unusual tops to them.
Others just have unusual lines and textures to them.
Growing up surrounded by these wild looking plants I sometimes forget that not everyone is familiar with them. Like the fact that some cacti can be eaten.
The saguaro cacti has a fruit that can be made into a syrup. They also use seeds and pulp from the fruit to eat.
There are even some cacti and desert plants that are used for medicine. Careful with this one though, you have to know what to look for otherwise you could poison yourself. The same for food as well…know your plants.
You can build structures out of cacti too.
When I saw this, I told my husband this is our next DIY project.
Just a basic gazebo that blends in with it’s surroundings. So much better then the ones sold that fall apart at the end of the year. I am so frustrated with that. I would love to see a trend start where people locally make gazebos using products already here. This is a really nice gazebo, I mean, I think so. The world is polluted enough with plastic waste and products that fall apart year after year.
It’s pretty amazing to me all that the Sonaran desert has to offer us.
Giant cacti and all those succulents are just a tiny bit of it.
Hope you all enjoyed this walk with me.
Happy exploring out there and have a beautiful Sunday where ever you may be at this moment out in the world. Stay safe, research other countries on this Corona virus and listen to what your gut is telling you about it…God gave us those gut feelings of ours for a reason.
There are a lot of lies going on to make us all feel like everything is under control, just research, research and wash and wash those hands. But don’t panic, remember that panic shuts down our brains.
Every human life is important, all lives matter. It is disheartening for me to see how ugly things are turning with this Corona Virus because some people did not start looking into plans when we first found out about it in this country two months ago.
Here in my city, where the first case started in our country, I am seeing things and hearing things that is worrying me some, and this is with my own eyes and ears. I will try to do a post on that at a later time. Today we have to clean up a mess in our house and start setting plans into place. Just please, research and listen to what your instincts are telling you.