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Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) is a species of cactus that we can find mainly in Arizona and in the north of Mexico. Saguaro is the name given by the natives to this kind of cactus. Their size can reach more than 12 meters (40 feet), their growth depends on the precipitations. Declared a protected species in the United States, many specimens can be found in Saguaro National Park, located near Tucson in Arizona.
This species of cactus, emblematic of the region, became the symbol of the park and of Arizona. The saguaro, just by itself, evokes the vast desertic lands of the southwestern of the United States. Its atypical shape makes it one of the favourite subjects for any photographer, starting with the pioneers like Timothy O’SULLIVAN. Ansel ADAMS therefore explores a famous theme. Human characteristics are often given to saguaros because of their stalks, looking like arms. This one seems to stretch one of them towards the viewer.