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2015 Southern AZ Wildflower Reports

Jan 12, 2015 DUSA Reports: No reports so far, they are getting rain.

 

2014 Southern AZ Wildflower Reports

Dec 31, 2014 DUSA Reports: The end of the year storm is bringing rain to the Tucson areas and its parks, looks good for next year wildflower season.

Sept 29, 2014 John reports: Outstanding variety and quantity of huge range of summer wildflowers and grasses on Incinerator Ridge Trail on Mt. Lemmon near Tucson yesterday, following abundant late summer rainfall. We counted close to 20 different types of blooms. Additional photos to follow this week. Here are the three best from my iPhone, edited slightly on my iPad. Prior fire damage yields unusual tree burn and regrowth conditions.

Incinerator Ridge Trail road turnoff is on the right side as you drive up the mountain, just past mile marker 19 on the Mt. Lemmon Highway. Easy stroll hike for people and dogs, with views over previous burn area (see below) to the east and north, and views over greater Tucson on the other side. Several really natural forest nice camp sites along the trail; be prepared for windy conditions and weather changes at all times.

wildflowers and grasses on Incinerator Ridge Trail
wildflowers and grasses on Incinerator Ridge Trail
wildflowers and grasses on Incinerator Ridge Trail

 

June 5, 2014 Saguaro National Park reports: The saguaro blooms are in great abundance at Saguaro National Park right now!

May 2, 2014 Lynn reports: Attached is a picture of Saguaro flowers taken at Ventana Canyon Tucson. We were there from April 17 to April 24. For us Midwesterners the desert was awesome. So many cactus flowers in bloom.

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April 28, 2014 Saguaro National Park reports: Some Saguaro are blooming.

April 18, 2014 Margie reports: Wildflower report from April 4, 2014 at Sonoita Creek SNA and Patagonia Lake SP in Southern AZ. The Ocotillo were the best we have ever seen for this area. The hillsides were covered and just beginning to bloom. Also special were Purple Scalystem, Mariposa Lilies, and Abert's Buckwheat. Indigo bush lines the roads into the park.

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Mar 20, 2014 - Margie reports: These photos were take March 18 at Saguaro NP East on the Tanque Verde Ridge Trail off the Javelina Picnic Area. The Brittlebush are fading, but the Ocotillo are coming on strong. Also seen: Indigo Bush, Arizona Blue-eyes, Larkspur, Rattlesnake Weed, Desert Honeysuckle, Trixis, Goldfields, and more.

Saguaro NP East
Saguaro NP East
Saguaro NP East

 

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Photos tips: Most digital point-and-shoot cameras have a macro function - usually symbolized by the icon of a little flower. When you turn on that function, you allow your camera to get closer to the subject, looking into a flower for example. Or getting up close and personal with a bug. More on desert photography.

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