Crested Saguaro Society

Crest Quest Reports


October 23 - 24, 2022 Out Bagdad Way

Report by Joe Orman

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Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth
find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
                    Rachel Carson



Once again I traveled the highway which eventually ends at to the small mining town of Bagdad, to take a closer look at the saguaro-rich hillsides along the way. I hoped to document new specimens of that elusive creatures known as the crested saguaro ... and contemplate their strange beauty!


High on a rocky slope I spotted an arm crest, so I shoulder my pack and put boots on the ground. My route takes me through a scattering of prickly pear cactuses, several of them crested:

crestedsaguarosociety.org/mutant/pricklypear/crest12.php

After much scrambling and cursing, I reach the arm crest:

crestedsaguarosociety.org/crested/cryavapai300/crest315.php

My loop hike back to my Jeep takes me past this crested saguaro I first found 4 years ago ... the crest has noticeably grown!

crestedsaguarosociety.org/crested/cryavapai100/crest185.php

I was able to get a telephoto shot of this squirrel before it noticed me and scampered away:



A bit farther down the road, I stopped at a pulloff that I know I'd stopped at before. Apparently that time I didn't walk to the edge and look down into the canyon below, or I would have seen this big arm crest:

crestedsaguarosociety.org/crested/cryavapai300/crest316.php

After camping in a little hollow sheltered from the wind, I continued my quest. My spotting scope picked out an arm crest high on a distant ridge, so I drove as close as I could and once more shouldered my pack. On my hike up to the ridge, I unexpectedly came upon this newly-cresting saguaro:

crestedsaguarosociety.org/crested/cryavapai300/crest317.php

Finally I made it to the arm crest I'd been aiming for:

crestedsaguarosociety.org/crested/cryavapai300/crest318.php


My reserves of strength had not been depleted, but the day was getting late, so I returned to the highway and headed for home, grateful for life and beauty!


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