When saguaros die, the "bones" of the cactus remain. I think they are beautiful, and put this one up on our back porch in Tucson Estates 2. ("Porch" is for the 90% of my readers who think "ramada" is some kind of hotel chain...)
Mama Dove decided that the top "arm" of the saguaro ribs would make just the right place to raise a family.
She didn't budge when we walked beneath her the entire time she was sitting on her single egg. The little fledgling above is the result of her diligence, and I took that photo about a week ago.
Yesterday, the little guy spread his wings and flew off. We sort of miss him and his mama.
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