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121807ScottsdaleArizonaMP592

SHOT 12/18/2007 - A saguaro cactus shoots skyward just off a trail on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Az. Camelback Mountain is a mountain of 2,704-foot elevation in Phoenix, Arizona. The name is derived from its shape, which resembles the two humps and head of a bactrian camel. A period of missing time amounting to almost a billion and a half years is represented by the division between the two rock formations which comprise the mountain. This mountain is a hiking destination for both locals and visitors to the Valley. It is located in the Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area between the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix and the town of Paradise Valley. Many hikers climb the demanding Summit Trail which is 1.2 miles one-way and gains more than 1,200 feet on its way to the peak. The Saguaro, pronounced "sah-wah-roh", (Carnegiea gigantea) is a large, tree-sized cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and California, United States and northern Mexico. Saguaros are slow growing, taking up to 75 years to develop a side arm. The arms themselves are grown to increase the plants reproductive capacity (more apices equal more flowers and fruit)..(Photo by Marc Piscotty/ © 2007)

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SHOT 12/18/2007 - A saguaro cactus shoots skyward just off a trail on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Az. Camelback Mountain is a mountain of 2,704-foot elevation in Phoenix, Arizona. The name is derived from its shape, which resembles the two humps and head of a bactrian camel. A period of missing time amounting to almost a billion and a half years is represented by the division between the two rock formations which comprise the mountain. This mountain is a hiking destination for both locals and visitors to the Valley. It is located in the Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area between the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix and the town of Paradise Valley. Many hikers climb the demanding Summit Trail which is 1.2 miles one-way and gains more than 1,200 feet on its way to the peak. The Saguaro, pronounced "sah-wah-roh", (Carnegiea gigantea) is a large, tree-sized cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and California, United States and northern Mexico. Saguaros are slow growing, taking up to 75 years to develop a side arm. The arms themselves are grown to increase the plants reproductive capacity (more apices equal more flowers and fruit)..(Photo by Marc Piscotty/ © 2007)