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We don't have cactus plants ("trees") in Georgia.
In the state of Arizona, they stick out like sore thumbs all over the place!

State Tree

We don't have cactus plants ("trees") in Georgia.
In the state of Arizona, they stick out like sore thumbs all over the place!

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Why sore thumbs? Are they native to Arizona?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, I'm guessing they all know better, Nigel, than to touch these things! smile
  • blackdog
  • The White Room
  • 17 Dec 2008, 00:30
Very sore thumbs I should imagine, especially if you try and pull them out ;o)
Ginnie Hart: I never got close enough to touch one, Mike, but I can imagine the pain!
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 17 Dec 2008, 01:27
Well, at least they are good to make tequila smile or is a different type of cactus?
Ginnie Hart: Based on other comments, I'm guessing you're right, Viktor! The prickly pear cactus also is good for something. I had a prickly-pear margarita and loved it! smile
  • Kay
  • snowy and rainy Portland
  • 17 Dec 2008, 01:45
Saguaros, Ginnie! That's what these plants are. And if you see "plump" ones, it's because they are getting watered. Normally the fat ones are part of the commercial landscaping.

Of all the plants that I miss when I lived in Arizona, these are the ones I miss the most. They have the funniest shapes!
Ginnie Hart: I should have known you'd know all this stuff, Kay. smile We saw these everywhere around the Phoenix area but as we drove north to Sedona, there wasn't a single one to be found! It was quite amazing to see the change in terrain.
  • Kay
  • snowy and rainy Portland
  • 17 Dec 2008, 01:50
Btw, Ginnie, I love this picture. The tones suit the landscape very well. smile

And I don't know what they make tequila out of...perhaps it is the saguaro. Here's more info about them:
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for the link, Kay. I love finding out more about this plant!
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 17 Dec 2008, 02:14
The toning is at once unexpected and appropriate.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Excellent sharpness and details in this shot Ginnie. You are quite the traveler, that's what makes visiting your site so interesting. Beautiful picture, really like the tones.
Ginnie Hart: Traveling is really in my system, John. I will always need to do it, whenever possible. And with me goes the camera, of course. smile Thank you kindly.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 17 Dec 2008, 04:27
I like the moody sky and processing. Cacti and by extension the southwest in a different light!
Ginnie Hart: This is probably a more common sight for you, Martin, there in Texas, but for me in GA and earlier in MI, this is still a marvel to behold. It's good to see you again.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 17 Dec 2008, 05:29
A beautiful capture. I'll take your beautiful trees in Georgia any day, but these make a great imagesmile
Ginnie Hart: I'm definitely partial to the great oaks that I grew up with, Sherri, and the pine trees here in GA are wonderful. But it was a marvel to behold such a different terrain from what I'm used to, for sure.
  • claire
  • Calgary
  • 17 Dec 2008, 05:58
love the mood on this photo Ginnie. nice shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Claire.
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 17 Dec 2008, 06:04
This is a very moody photo, but nicely captured.
Ginnie Hart: We were so glad the skies didn't open up and deluge us, Brian! In the meantime, we captured its mood.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Dec 2008, 06:10
I get some education here mijn vriend, I will come back tonight and see the link of Kay.
Sore thumbs, I know all about that tonguetongue, wonderful picture, they are standing proud as they should....walk tall and stand proud, love the colours here, they fit the subject.
The clouds must have been wonderful, ontzettend mooi.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, you would know about sore thumbs, mijn vriend. sad So sorry. But you stand proud nonetheless and do your job, as do these cacti. I loved the mood of the day and was happy the skies didn't open up while we were om this Apache Trail Loop near Phoenix on Thanksgiving Day. It meant we didn't get a Thanksgiving feast but it was totally worth it.
They look VICIOUS to me!
Ginnie Hart: The more vicious the closer you get, Chris!!
splendeur des couleurs adoucies et superbe choix de la vue!
Ginnie Hart: You would have had a heyday with your own camera, O-P! Merci.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Dec 2008, 07:04
The world famous tequila plant. Senor Tequila the wrecker of many a good party. When you are making ready to leave the party, someone will introduce the Tequila Bandidos and once they have you in their grip ...

Great picture and composition. Is a cholla now something else again?
Ginnie Hart: In this case I will just trust you, Louis, since I know you to be a man of great knowledge. HA! So I learn something new every day, even at my own site. grin
  • Tracy
  • outer space!!! (UK)
  • 17 Dec 2008, 07:30
This shot reminds me of the western films I used to watch with my Grandad.
Lovely tones again Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: You got it, Tracy. The wild, wild west. smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 17 Dec 2008, 07:37
Very cool shot!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Kanyi.
All we need is the Lone Ranger and Tonto!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Exactly! grin
Nice tones on this one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Gabor, and good to see you again.
  • ceanothe
  • United States
  • 17 Dec 2008, 08:36
Des plantes inconnues dans nos prairies, quelle belle photo !
Ginnie Hart: This is when I'm in awe of all the different terrains in our world, Ceanothe! Merci.
A sore thumb is the least of your problems if you decided to lean back against it ... smile goodun Ginnie . richard
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Richard. I don't even want to think about it!!!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Dec 2008, 09:19
Wonderful shapes they make outlined against the sky - this is the landscape I think of when I think of this part of your country - the archetypal American West from a thousand different westerns! Great processing Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: This is what I think of, too, Ingrid, but I'm hardly ever around it. It still awes me whenever I see it up close and personal! Thanks.
dangerous clouds...

Sorry I have been away for a while... have been too ill to browse the internet.
Ginnie Hart: We kept expecting the skies to open, Chantal, but they never did. We were lucky.

So sorry you've been sick. Hope you're on the mend!
Perfect processing, as always Ginnie. An excellent photograph smile
Ginnie Hart: As always, thanks a million, Paul.
Fantastic nature shots Ginnie, better wear your shoes when enterering this areasmile

Come and watch my frozen nature I posted a slideshow here: www.joannwalraven.blogspot.com

Mery Christmas to YOU and your family Ginnie!

Greetings from JoAnn/Holland
Ginnie Hart: We never got out of the car on this part of our trip, JoAnn...well, except when I stopped to take pictures. smile Thanks for syopping by.
Superb shot Ginnie. I love the tones!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Dec 2008, 13:31
Look like they have outgrown their little ceramic pots, Ginnie.

I like it!
Ginnie Hart: HA! You gave me a nice smile, Ray. grin
  • Robin
  • United States
  • 17 Dec 2008, 13:33
i've never seen a real cactus, i don't think. great shot grin
Ginnie Hart: They come in all different sizes and shapes, Robin. In Arizona, they're HUGE!
  • BoB
  • Italy
  • 17 Dec 2008, 14:03
I like the dark sky and mood, very nice scene
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Luca.
  • NarB
  • Belgium
  • 17 Dec 2008, 15:01
Lovely atmosphere and superb processing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, NarB, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Dec 2008, 15:27
The cacti look proud and dangerous- Noli me tangere!- and I' ll respect that- these plants are similar to some human beans- but we have learned to live with them! There is a feel of sadness and lonelyness - maybe because of the toning and the darkly threatening sky- I think the nature is here on its own- no place for the human beeings to stay there longer than some hours?
Ginnie Hart: Tomorrow's image will cheer you up, Philine. smile But you are so right about cacti being like some people we know. Kinda sad when you think about it. sad
If I look at this long enough will a couple of cowboys come riding by Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: They're right around the corner, spying on you, Brian. smile
Amazing shot. Love the composition too
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Albert.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 17 Dec 2008, 23:59
Super shot Ginnie that sky looks as if rain is on the way
Ginnie Hart: It was, Vintage, and we kept crossing our fingers that we'd stay dry...and we did! We were very lucky.
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 18 Dec 2008, 04:44
i like the tone in this shot, it looks like something out of an old western flick.. wink nice shot..
Ginnie Hart: We expected to see cowboys and indians galloping around the corner any second, Rian. grin
  • vera
  • iran
  • 18 Dec 2008, 08:16
you like not to saturate the colors- this one is excellent, the previous one too-
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Vera, for stopping by and commenting! That means a lot to me.
  • Amira
  • Egypt
  • 27 Dec 2008, 13:42
Lovely tone, great composition! When i first saw it, it gave me the feeling of a man raising his hands up to the sky praying GOD smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Amira. That's Nature again, teaching us the lessons we need to learn! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Another good one - As hands showing the sky !
Ginnie Hart: A plant with many hands, Zeb! I like that.
nice foto Ginnie.
whether this tree cactus? // Regards from Yogyakarta City, Indonesia //
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it's definitely a cactus "tree," Bram. smile
Very good picture - like in a Western!
Ginnie Hart: It's what the Wild West is all about, Cor, when you talk about scenery! Bedankt.
nice composition...
nice tone too...

make a curiousity to me
Ginnie Hart: If you're not used to cactus trees, Rully, this would seem very strange, indeed. We only see them in certain parts of the United States, so they are curious for many of us! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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