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Photographer's Note

For part of my life I lived in the American State of Arizona near Tucson, a modest city. Near by were miles and miles of the Sonoran Desert. From cold, high-desert mountains in the north to subtropical desert lowlands in the south.

This region is habitat for numerous species of cacti. The native cacti of Arizona vary greatly in appearance, yet each evolved similar features to thrive within the harsh environment. This photo shows a wide variation of vegetation - not often found elsewhere. Known for its tall, branching shape, the Saguaro is a true icon of the Arizona desert, seen top left. More views in the WS additions.

Watch your step - the Cacti have sharp sharp stickers and there are some challenging critters living on or below the ground here (snakes and scorpions - etc).

A warm photo apart from the cold of December
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Additional Photos by Dr David Reed Thomas (drt100) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 341 W: 74 N: 833] (3836)
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