Mismanaged Growth


elephantine whorls

of cellular mutiny

absorbing pattern


I find this fascinating but also disturbing. The rest of the plant is normal, a standard saguaro with a couple of arm-like branches sticking out and elbowing up. Clearly, this part is all wrong, but at the same time the lines and curves draw one to stare, seeking meaning in disorder.

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5 Responses to Mismanaged Growth

  1. What an interesting picture, for all the same reasons you state. It’s really arresting, but in this case, it’s polite to stare!

  2. julie says:

    Yes, that was another thought I had this morning: At least the cactus won’t be bothered by our staring!

  3. Is it just a random weird growth pattern, or a sign of a disease? It’s cool looking. A bit like those strange dogs with the multiple folds of skin.

  4. My God, it’s a map of the new healthcare system.

  5. julie says:

    Robin, you almost made me bathe my screen with my evening snack. But now that you mention it, yes, the resemblance is uncanny.

    Retriever, I honestly don’t know. It looks very tumor-like to me, but then a lot of what normally grows out of cacti just looks wrong to me.

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