Desert Corsage - 1936

Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation

Black and White Vintage Photography by Senator Barry Goldwater (Desert Corsage) - Art Prints and Wall Decor
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The magnificent Saguaro Cactus grows the state flower of Arizona.  This cactus is composed of a tall, thick, fluted column that grows from 18 to 24 inches in diameter with several large branches curving upward and downward in a distinctive formation frequently likened to natural sentries.  Its flowers are creamy white with yellow centers that open about 3 inches in diameter.  As the following description by Dad reveals, the blossoms only open during the cooler desert nights and close again by the next midday.

 “The desert corsage, a picture of two blossoming flowers of the giant saguaro taken about 1936.  These flowers bloom at night and start dying as soon as the sun rises.”