Life and Death on the Sonoran Desert

Life and Death on the Sonoran Desert

Life and Death on the Sonoran Desert, Arizona

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I came upon these two saguaro cacti as the sun was beginning to set on the Sonoran Desert, one a saguaro skeleton and the other in the prime of life adorned with June flowers atop each arm. It took 65-75 years for the live saguaro to sprout its first arm so it’s probably 100-150 years old. They live to be 200-300 years old and are the largest cactus in the US reaching 60 ft in height.

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Nikon N90S SLRAF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, exposure not recorded, Aperture Priority, M-up Mode, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner

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20 thoughts on “Life and Death on the Sonoran Desert

  1. Andrea Giang | Cooking with a Wallflower: I’m glad you liked my image “Life and Death on the Sonoran Desert” It was 98 degrees that day, and by the time I made this capture is was refreshing 75 degrees.

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  2. Violet of Violet’s Veg*n e-comics: Thanks for liking my non-albumen print “Life and Death on the Sonoran Desert” 😉
    Albumen prints: photographic paper print in which a finely divided silver and gold image is dispersed in a matrix of egg white.

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  3. avivtheo: Thanks for liking “Life and Death on the Sonoran Desert”. The young tree with green bark growing just behind the saguaro skeleton is a palo verde. Palo verde trees serve as nurse plants for saguaro cacti by providing a canopy micro habitat for saguaro seed to germinate under.

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    • Thank you signorinamelrice. I’m glad you liked “Life and Death on the Sonoran Desert”. It is my intention to make my images look like paintings. I print them on art paper which makes them appear even more painterly. I am becoming more and more obsessed with art by the day. I noticed your absence and am happy to see you are back. All the other signorine I know are nuns. 😉

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      • Oooh, that’s explains every painting-like photos you got then. Which are really cool and just amazing. 😀 It’s good to be obsessed with art, there’s no problem with that. That’s even a very nice thing to get attached into. Oh, really? Would you be surprised if I tell you that I had some inner voices of becoming one, too? ^_^

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      • I’m so glad you like my images. I call them images because there is a quality of unreality to them due to their painterly quality. They began in my mind before the moment of capture. It is inspiring when someone takes the time to relate how they feel while viewing my images. It feeds this wonderful obsession, the relentless search for beauty. Thank you.

        I am not surprised at your admission to thoughts of following a higher calling. Artists see things that others overlook.

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  4. M. Talmage Moorehead: Thanks for liking my image “Life and Death on the Sonoran Desert”. I’m a guy who loves technology and was in on the spearhead of the digital photography movement. Over the years digital capture has caught up with film and in someways surpassed it, but artistically there is still something about film that can’t be beat…that something most likely being clusters of silver halide in film emulsion that gives it a funkiness that digital doesn’t have.

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