Thursday, June 14, 2012

Saguaro Hearts

Saguaros keep on giving. After the cactus is done blooming, the fruit starts to look like tiny watermelons. Then the fruit splits open into flower or heart shapes depending on how you look at them.






Sometimes the entrance to a bird nest in a saguaro appears heart shaped.


Here's a random heart on a decaying saguaro boot.  A saguaro boot is the woody plant tissue of the saguaro nest cavity which remains long after the cactus dies.


It's hard to see, but after I uploaded the picture, I saw a tiny heart above the heart shaped cutout on the edge of the boot.


It's fun to discover random hearts!  See more hearts at Clytie's Random Hearts.

18 comments:

Loree said...

How amazing. And all the little hearts make the cactus so special.

Annie said...

Brilliant. You truly have the eye for finding them.

Icy BC said...

Excellent finds, Diane! They are all amazing, but the tiniest heart is the most fascinating to me. Have a great weekend!

Clytie said...

Definitely hearts!!!

I love the heart shaped bird nest hole. What a lovely home entrance!!!

angryparsnip said...

I never see these because there is always a bird on top on the Saguaro having lunch or dinner. Must look closer.
I have been saving up my Saguaro photos but mine are of the great spine designs on the body of the plant.
What a great random heart, I have a terrific one on a Prickly Pear pad.

cheers, parsnip

betchai said...

i see the heart, it is awesome, and so is your feature on saguaro, beautiful photos as always, Diane.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Diane, YES---I love those Saguaros... Their 'hearts' are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

rainfield61 said...

There are hearts and loves every where.
That's why we are here.

Carol said...

Beautiful photos! I enjoyed the info also....what a pretty cactus...love the hearts.

Magpie said...

And you are very good at finding those random hearts. That cactus fruit looks almost juicy for something in the desert.

Rohrerbot said...

Beautiful time of year.....things seem to diminish before the incredible burst of green and growth of the monsoon. We're getting closer and closer...can't wait!

Brianne said...

Oh my, i LOVE these hearts!!!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Wow. What a beautiful cactus fruit !

Barb said...

Your photos always do my heart good!

Betty Manousos said...

a marvellous set of photos.
love that cactus fruit.

happy weekend dear diane!

Janie said...

Wow, the red heart-shaped fruit is beautiful. I've never seen it.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the plant.

Lrong said...

This cactus always amazes me... its shape is so characteristic... and now, with the hearts... thank you for sharing...