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Note: Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the desert, but it can also be a time for caution. Rattlesnakes lie dormant during the cold fall and winter months and awaken from hibernation in the warm months of March and April. Another reason to stay on the trails. More...
2018 Phoenix Area and Northern AZ Reports
March. 23, 2018 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reports: Spring has sprung: Due to low winter precipitation our wildflower blooms are sparse this year, but our cacti are starting to flower out. Pictured is a stunning strawberry hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii) blooming in front of the visitor center.
March 23, Paul in Globe, AZ reports: Astragalus varietals are blooming in the Pinal Mountain foothills since last week; wood sorrel along the six-shooter canyon trail and also freckled milkvetch (pictured). Goodings verbena was blooming along the forest service road above the ice house canyon picnic area. Spring birds are singing on their territories in the pinals, too: painted redstarts were back last week - vocal along the trail, along with huttons vireo, bridled titmouse and acorn woodpecker.
March 23, 2018 Karen Reports: This picture was taken at Lake Pleasant Regional Park on the Roadrunner Trail near the Discovery Center on March 22, 2018.
March 9, 2018 Paul Reports: Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior, AZ reports: Terry Stone photographed this robust Parry's Penstemon between the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden and the picnic area parking lot Monday, but this showy pink stalk is an exception - flowers are still scarce around the Arboretum this week. Guided wildflower walks both days of the March 17-18 weekend at 1:00 pm should be more colorful; with western dayflower, firecracker penstemon, wild cucumber, apricot globemallow and fetid marigold a'bloom around the 1.5 mile long main trail by that weekend. Confirm dates and times at [cals.arizona.edu/bta] for April wildflower walks and narrated nature tours.
March 2, 2018 Paul Reports: March 2, Paul in Globe, AZ reports: the first highway 60 goldpoppies are just starting to bloom along the drive from through Claypool, between Globe and Miami. Earlier this week I spotted this one just west of the Taco Bell. These roadside poppies benefit from highway runoff water and radiant warmth - they always bloom early, and are reliable even in years when flowers are scarce in the desert.
Feb. 23, 2018 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reports: Yellow flowers are in bloom. Both the brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) and creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) are blooming within the monument.
Feb. 19, 2018 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reports: Rain came, with the recent rainy weather keep on the look out for possible heavy equipment grading our public roads.
Feb. 9, 2018 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Reports: The desert can be unforgiving when it comes to rainfall. Only the strong survive and non-native species often do not make it here in the Sonoran Desert. This past January has been a dry one with only 0.03 inches of rain compared to January 2017's 1.27 inches of rain and January 2016's 1.6 inches.
Jan 9, 2018 DUSA reports: Some rain is falling it the Phoenix area.
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 and wildflowers photos.
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