Once I got to editing, cacti and other pointy things just went mad in my pointy brain! So here are some more square yet pointy, spiky, jagged pictures … and keep them away from your eyes! You could put your eye out with one of those pointy things!
I don’t even know what these are. Maybe the edges of young ironwood tree?
Cactus! Let’s not always see the same hands!
Those are some amazing barbs, too. You get close to these and they hop right on to your pants legs. These are jumpers!
Not only spiky squares. Jagged, barbed, bristly, serrated, prickly, spiny, and pointy things and that’s certainly one of them.
One really old ironwood tree in Phoenix. Being well cared for by its owner, it was the largest ironwood I’ve ever seen. For your information, ironwood is so heavy, it doesn’t float.
Three pictures, one ancient ironwood tree. I think ironwood trees are nothing but texture.
Only one tree grows naturally in the great Sonoran desert that fills much of Arizona and continues down into Mexico. The dominant site throughout the desert is, of course, the huge Saguaro cacti.
Now that they are protected, they are everywhere, including dominating well-tailored back and front yards of suburban homes in and around Phoenix. You can’t cut them down, so no matter how well you plan your garden, nothing prevents a cactus from decided to take root there.
The ironwood is not a cactus, but a tree. It can live in the hottest, driest possible growing condition. It is the only tree that will survive in that environment without human intervention.
An old, gnarled ironwood tree is a true symbol of the North American west. Resilient doesn’t cover it. This is ultimate survival.
I participate in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge 2016
We came back from Arizona late last night … with more than 2,000 photographs. Some of them are still on the cards in the camera. I’ve dumped most of the photographs onto my hard drive, but I haven’t sorted through them. Yet.
While Garry shot the Iron Cowboy, I bought jewelry!
You’re going to see a lot of pictures of Arizona coming up! This is no exception.
Memorabilia at Apacheland Movie Ranch Museum
For the tourists …
If there is a tree in the desert and you don’t know what it is … and you are in the southwestern part of the U.S., you can pretty much say “ironwood” and be right.
This particular ironwood was in a front yard in suburban Phoenix and in much better shape than most of the ones you see out in the desert. It showed off nicely in black and white.