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2014 Phoenix Area and Northern AZ Reports
September 7, 2014 Shirley reports: Dove Mountain - Marana AZ Morning walk through Marana neighborhood, Dove Mountain. Sept. 6, 2014. The black butterfly finally settled down so I could take its picture among the brilliant colors of the flowers.
September 1, 2014 Paul reports: looking for late summer wildflowers? head up to Mt. Graham near Safford, AZ; you'll see sections of highway 70 lined with summer poppies (caltrops) as yuo drive through Globe and the San Carlos Apache reservation on Highway 70 enroute to Graham County - and the paved road up Mt. Graham is lined with a wide variety of color. just returned from 3 days up there -- meadow arnica is on the wane, but still looks good up around the columbine ranger station. the roadside is lined with red mint (at their prime below the twilight camping area), skyrocket, red wallflower, goldenrod, primrose (at least four types: robust and tall hookeri, a smaller yellow one; also the white tufted evening primrose); verbena, thistle, beebalm, new mexico raspberry; even late-season elderberries along the road have flowers - while others have clusters of ripe fruit. august rains have produced an array of mushrooms, too. early september's a beautiful time for a drive up Mt. Graham -- as you begin to ascend, watch for "the angle orchard," and get fresh apples if they're open - they have a few rare varietals such as Finnish Elspars.
May 27, 2014 Michael reports: he pictures below were taken 5/23/14 in the Mescal Mountains area near Mountain Pass. Flowers and blooming cactus are at 5,000 and above.
May 20, 2014 Janice reports: I took these pictures Sunday, 18 May 2014, on the Navajo Reservation, Highlands Rim Road, from Dilkon through Black Rock, to Joseph City, AZ.
May 11, 2014 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reports: The Organ Pipe cactus seem to be off to a slow start this season... if you'd like to catch this elusive bloom, be ready to explore early in the day - most of the flowers seem to close by 10 am or earlier.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument's Photos
May 7, 2014 CTS reports: Walnut Canyon NM, Flagstaff, Az 5-6-14 High Winds -- did find Larkspur, Phlox, Locoweed?, Columbine, some aster family, Yucca, Paintbrush, Popcorn flower and Claret Cup Cactus. Most plants are very small and one has to be observant but they are blooming. Extremely Dry!
May 2, 2014 Grand Canyon North Rim reports: North Rim, April is usually cold and blustery, with snow and sleet storms still occurring. This year our winter snowpack didn't happen, and spring is atypically warm and sunny. The plants have responded and almost a month earlier than usual our aspens have leafed out and the manzanitas behind the lodge have bloomed! We are excited for opening day, just two weeks away now on May 15th. Everything will be beautiful for those first visitors!
May 2, 2014 Julia reports: I took this April 30 on Highway 389 just east of the Coxcomb before you get to Page, Arizona. The wildflowers are in their final stages. Too late for photos. I was hiking in the area.
April 30, 2014 Julia reports: Photo taken at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Waddell, Arizona.
April 28, 2014 Sharon reports: Taken Easter morning near the fish hatchery near Cottonwood on Page Springs Road.
April 22, 2014 Sandara reports: Found this east of Phoenix.
April 11, 2014 Pat reports: I'm a volunteer at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, AZ. Here are some pictures of the area.
April 8, 2014 Laurie reports: There are many shades of globe mallow along hwy 79 between Florence Jct and Florence.
The elusive yellow mariposa taken in Catalina SP on april 4, 2014
April 1, 2014 Boyce Thompson Arboretum reports: April hours are daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Daily Guided Nature Walks and special weekend events are included with admission of $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12. Saturday April 5 brings an 8:30 am guided bird walk, 10am wildflower walk and 11am general tour -- and on Sunday a special History of BTA walk at 10 am. Highway 60 is currently lined with blooming palo verde trees and ocotillos. In the Arboretum, the flowers are at their peak. If you have been waiting for the perfect time to visit us then now is that time.
Mar 24, 2014 - Stephen reports: Photos taken 3/23/14 on the Sunrise Trail (McDowell Sonoran Preserve). Ocotillo pic taken at Wind Cave Trail.
Mar 17, 2014 - Grand Canyon National Park reports: Watch where you step! The white and purple blooms of the low-growing Wood betony (Pedicularis centranthera) are one of our first signs of Spring. One was seen on the forest floor around the Tusayan Ruin on the South Rim last week.
Mar 14, 2014 - Bill reports: NW of Phoenix, Surprise, AZ - These pictures are at the entrance ramp to the new 303 Expressway on north Grand Avenue just west of Sun City West. Turn from Grand Ave. onto the the highway 303 entry and park on left side of road, lots of parking area. Lots of flowers along roads now, including route 60 to Wickenburg.
Mar 12, 2014 - Nancie reports: Barlett Lake March 9.2014 The flower bloom is slim , but if you look hard along the road in you can see Poppies. All along the South shore are brittle bush, mallow, and fairy dusters.
Mar 10, 2014 Mark and Emily report: These photso were all taken in the Usery Mountain area around Saguaro Lake just outside of Mesa Arizona on March 7th.
Mar 7, 2014 Andy and Ruth report: Cactus blooming in Kingman AZ
Mar 6, 2014 Mary reports: The flowers at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument were noteworthy among stops this week at several parks in southern Arizona during this dry flower season. Though I was told there are many more flowers there on a good year, I was impressed with brilliant yellow from Brittle Bush on the Ajo Mountain Drive. Also on that drive, the desert floor was dotted with Pincushions. On closer look, many places also had Easter Bonnets and Desert Stars hugging the desert floor. Several of the washes had blooms that included Parry Penstemon, Poppies, Chia, Goodding's Verbena, Rattlesnake Weed, Lupine, Orange Mallow and Phacelia. The Buckhorn Cholla was just starting to bloom. With a careful look, I counted 20 plus species in bloom at this impressive National Monument.
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