One of my favorites, these two saguaro cactus are growing side by side in this Sonoran Desert near Phoenix, AZ. I call this photo “Loving Couple” because it instantly reminds me of an inseparable couple (people) in a relationship.
Saguaro cactus is native to the Sonoran Desert area of the southwestern United States. This desert covers much of Arizona, small part of California and a large area in Mexico. It only grows in the Sonoran Desert but not all of the desert. Elevation is key due to possible freezing temperatures. Generally it grows in elevations of zero feet up to 4000 feet.
The life span of a saguaro can be as much as 200 years. The adult saguaro is about 125 years old. And a saguaro may take 50 to 100 years to grow arms. It will produce reproductive flowers around 35 years and continue to produce flowers throughout it’s life.
These two have probably been together at least 50 years, never bickering, just enjoying the peaceful surroundings. There neighbors consist of an ocotillo on the left side of the photo, some red barrels in the distance and other saguaros too.