Description The organ pipe cactus grows in the low desert of southern Arizona and into Mexico. It blooms in late spring to early summer, with flowers opening about dusk. The flowers remain open for a single night to be pollinated by bats or a variety of nocturnal insects. Flowers begin to close a little after being hit by direct sun the next morning. This composite image shows a single flower open to the night air with the constellation Scorpius in the background. The bright reddish star is Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion.
Frank Zullo, Phoenix, AZ Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement I have been a professional photographer for about 40 years. Whether as a documentary film cameraman, a television news cameraman or a trudging-through-the-wilds, staying-up-all-night nature photographer, I always seem to be looking through a viewfinder exploring and trying to capture one of life's many interesting aspects.
I am a true lover of the desert with its hard-edged landscapes and wide open skies. Most recently I have been focusing my explorations on Native American rock art and archaeoastronomy.