Baja California’s Cardón Cactus

Dominating Baja California’s Sonoran Deserts, the largest Cardon Cactus are believed to be over 300 years old & weight 25+ tons.
Willie’s Uncle Norm has a picture of one giant over 20 meters tall!
The vertically ribbed trunk boasts incredible texture…
after a Summer Thunderstorm or Chusbasco you’ll often see a white flowers busting out on the highest branches.
Early Spanish Missions documented that Cardon fruit & seeds were a popular foodstuff with the nomadic natives. 
This Photograph was taken near Cataviña in the Parque Natural del Desierto Central de Baja California.

Captured in 1988 on Kodachrome 25, Nikon F3, Nikkor 80-200mm
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Headed Home with the "Cachanillas"

Wandering back across the desert flats during a “glowing” windstorm.
With the sun setting off to the west, a small palm thatched palapa stands strong in the gale.
Said to be nomadic, the folks from Mexicali are nicknamed “Cachanillas” meaning tumbleweeds,
many of which were blowing around in this storm!

Captured May 1986 on Kodachrome 25, Nikon F3, Nikkor 80-200mm zoom
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