Saguaro Fruit Season

This was the first year that I’ve lived in Phoenix that all  the saguaros blossomed with white crowns. So this is the first year I’ve seen so many white blossoms all turn into juicy red fruit. An animal must have eaten some of this one!

Check out the bird sitting on the top. Birds seem to love saguaros.

Here’s a good article about the harvesting of the saguaro fruit.

A couple of the cacti in our yard, thanks to the gardener.

One of the most inspiring people in my life has been a gorilla–namely, Koko, lover of cats and poet of sign language. Sadly, she died last week at age 46.

This image by a fan of Koko was shared on Koko’s Facebook page with a request to share it, so here it is. RIP dear Koko. I just don’t understand how little her death has been on the news. The people whose lives we celebrate on national television when they die have not done as much for our future and our planet as Koko has done.

#amwriting #writerlife #writerslife I had two beautiful acceptances this week. One publication coming out in a day or so . . . .



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57 responses to “Saguaro Fruit Season

  1. Congrats on your acceptances! There has been quite a bit of news about Koko in my area. Love your cactus. We only have itty bitty ones that you must keep indoors in this area.

  2. It is surprising about Koko’s death. First I heard of it.

  3. This morning on the news, I actually heard a lengthy story about Koko. It was 3:30 a.m., so you probably missed it. 🙂 What an amazing creature. Congratulations on your acceptances!

  4. Such different vegetation from my neck of the woods. Very pretty. And yes, quite sad about Koko.

  5. Luanne: Sad about Coco, beautiful cacti, congrats on good publishing news!
    Elaine, who loves your photos and hearing from you on Mondays (I’ve been teaching a memoir writing class at the Botanical Garden here in Santa Fe, which has cut into my blogging time).

  6. Fabulous cacti Luanne. I hadn’t heard about Koko’s death. Congratulations on your acceptances, look forward to learning more…

  7. Fantastic cacti 😍
    Koko’s was reported on all the main newspapers and online journals here in Italy: it was a very sad news😞
    The most important Italian newspaper published in its front page a Koko’s photos with the actor Robin William!
    Great shots 😀

  8. Have never tried the saguaro fruit. Sad about Koko. Congratulations to you on the acceptances.

  9. Congrats on your acceptances! I’m in a bit of a writing funk, this too shall pass, though. I was so sad to hear of Koko’s passing. I don’t watch the news but I did hear about it on NPR. The cactus are so beautiful. The vivid, rich, glorious blooms seem to almost surprise me coming from such a tough-looking plant. But, I’m sure that’s because I am not used to seeing them. I do grow an Opuntia that has the most wonderful yellow flowers. Tell The Gardener bravo for the cactus in the garden! I look forward to reading what you are writing. I keep Kin Types and Doll God by my reading chair. I’m still enjoying both.

    • So happy you are enjoying the books, Cheryl! Cactus blossoms are vivid and typically do not last long. I am always taking the gardener’s talents for granted. We wouldn’t have so many beauties without him. I’m sorry about your funk. I hope it passes soon. Soon away, not into the emptiness….

  10. I knew nothing about saguaro fruit nor Koko’s passing. So appreciate this post on both counts. The lack of news doesn’t surprise me though, the world seems only to want the dire and the fearful. Koko was a pretty amazing representative of her species – living proof of who any of us can be when given acceptance, love and a bit of education!

  11. exiledprospero

    Having mastered the zinnia, I graduated to the Saguaro’s shiny black seed, only to learn, after years of unerring patience, that the ‘giant’ cactus befits its name in the fullness of time and in harsh desert conditions (lush and tropical sadly at odds with those conditions): mine grew at the breakneck rate of one centimeter per year and was circummured and later chocked out by ambitious weeds and native grass.

    • I don’t think they grow any place except the Sonoran desert. There is an invisible boundary line, almost like a mountain “tree line.”

  12. Beautiful photos, Luanne. Your photos have that “poet’s eye.” So sad about Koko.

  13. I was saddened to hear about Koko’s death, Luanne. She was such an amazing creature.
    I love your cactus photos,especially the ones the Gardener has grown. We have a few cactus plants that spend the summer in the greenhouse and the winter in the conservatory. They are mere specks compared to those enormous saguaros! I was interested in the link about the saguaro harvest. A sign of the times that the pickers are no longer allowed to taste the fruit!

  14. Getting here late because we’ve been busy for a few days. I had heard/seen a few stories about Koko’s death–NPR, maybe BBC, an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer–but they may all have been after you posted this.
    Those tall cacti are amazing.
    Congratulations on your acceptances.

  15. Amazing cacti pix! So exotic to this Canadian. Are the fruit edible by humans, not only birds? Yes, I read about Koko’s death on various social media. Much more notice there than in the regular press, for some reason. Sad… but at least she had a fairly good long life…

  16. 1. I love the cacti! Even here in Michigan, prickly pear cacti are in bloom. The seguaros are so majestic and inspiring. I’m glad they are fruiting.
    2. Sad about Koko. She had a good, gentle heart.
    3. Congratulation on your upcoming publications. You deserve them and many more.

  17. I never knew a world without Koko. :/
    Lovely cacti 🙂
    Congratulations on your new printed works!

  18. I mourned KoKo’s passing too. I really thought she had been in the world longer than that (and, of course, immediately researched the life span of a gorilla.) Looking forward to news on the upcoming publications.

    • Thanks, Ellen. So happy to see how much writing you have accomplished somewhat recently! And can’t wait to read your new novel. Still can’t get over Koko . . . .

  19. great post, Luanne…that is the first I’ve heard of Koko, to all of our shame.
    Your photography was mind blowing on this one – truly. You wowed me.

  20. Oh, those lovely and graceful (I think) saguaros! The bright fruit is so stunning against the green of the cactus flesh. Like a secret! Thanks, Luanne!

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