Crucifix Cactus

Crucifix CactusCrucifix Cactus – Catalina Mountains foothills, Tucson, Arizona, USA

While hiking in the Catalina foothills, this saguaro cactus skeleton stopped me dead in my tracks. Now I’m not a guy who’s prone to seeing Virgin Mary’s weeping tears of blood or anything like that, but in the late afternoon light I could distinctly make out a crucifix. Any Christian man would have dropped to his knees and prayed, however I opted to capture the scene on Kodak Ektachrome 100 transparency film. Was I thinking of creating fine art photography at the time? No, not really. It was more like; Geez, if  I don’t get a picture of this, no one will ever believe me.

Before leaving, I did take a moment to raise my head to the sky and reverently say, “Thank you for putting me here during the golden hour.”

copyright 2012 O. Bisogno Scotti  All Rights Reserved.

Nikon N90S SLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, exposure not recorded.

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19 thoughts on “Crucifix Cactus

  1. Nice time of year to produce this. This is special because of this photo it will live on even though physically it had died you have captured its essence. Colour for everything but the main subject and it is in b&w. And for me that makes it stand out! Did you see a live one on your trek?

    • Timing is everything. I’ve been holding back on this one for a special occasion such as Easter.

      The whole image is in color. Saguaro skeletons bleach in the sun turning light gray in color (or lack of color) similar to driftwood. If you click on view larger you will see reflections of color from the desert floor on the saguaro skeleton.

      There are thousands of live saguaro cacti surrounding the Catalina Mountains See one here.

      fact: The saguaro cactus lives 60 years before it begins to grow arms. For more info see the Saguaro Cactus Fact Sheet.

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