Organ Pipe national monument
No, there is not a giant organ sitting in the middle of the desert. But, there are some very interesting cactus. This area is the only place in the world where the organ pipe cactus grow. The conditions are perfect here for them, so they have flourished. They need a lot of rain, and heat. They get both in abundance here.
We are just a few miles from the organ pipe monument, and we finally made it there on Saturday afternoon. We have been wanting to get there closer to evening for good photos, and Saturday was finally perfect.
We drove the shorter of the 2 loop roads because the woman at the visitors center told us the other one took 4 hours. There was amazing scenery along this route, and we were glad we went that way.
This is the biggest organ pipe cactus we saw. It was enormous compared to all the others. As you can see, the organ pipe look fairly similar to the saguaro.
This giant cactus had an arm that was crested. This is very very rare in these cactus.
The cresting is also very rare on a saguaro, but it can happen.
And there are also tons of saguaro. I love the giant saguaro. It’s like they all have their own personality.
As the sun started to set, the colors really came out in the mountains.
95% of this monument is designated wilderness. There aren’t very many places you can just drive to. It’s all very wild, rugged, and beautiful. Of course, being a national monument dogs can’t really go anywhere, so that kept us on the dirt road. But we saw maybe 4 other cars that afternoon. We pulled off on a little spot, had a picnic and waited for the sun to go down. It was wonderful.
We are in love with this area. Saturday morning we went into Ajo for their little farmers market. I got some fresh lettuce and a couple of small ceramic pieces. The people here are just wonderful. This gentleman had the kindest, happiest face and he was so very friendly.
This was actually the second time we had met him, and I was so glad he posed for me.
I’m kind of new to portrait photography, and he was a good first subject.