"Saguaro Gone By"
After seeing some of the responses to a photo I posted of a cabinet door using saguaro ribs as a decorative insert, I thought I should look through my photo files to show everyone what a saguaro cactus looks like when it has passed on. These incredible succulents live 150-175 years, and are mostly made up of water.
When saguaros die, they leave quite an impressive skeleton behind--after all, these things weigh TONS when alive. Many times, the skeletons fall to the ground after a strong wind, but this one has not (probably due to the rebar someone used to anchor it that isn't visible here). I found this one in the Hayhook Ranch area, west of Tucson close to 3 Points--just off of the road to Arivaca. There are some nice acreages available out in this area.
Still standing its post as the sentinel of the desert, the mighty saguaro lives on after death.