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2019 Phoenix Area and Northern AZ Reports
May 10, 2019 Margaret reports: Only a few of the saguaro along E Kelvin- Florence Highway have started to bloom. Staghorn Cholla are just beginning - Photos taken May 8,2019
April 26, 2019 Karl reports: Lots of beavertail and hedgehog cactus blooming in the Cerbat Cliffs area on the west side of Kingman
April 12, 2019 Karl reports: Hillside of blooming yucca along highway 93 in Golden Valley just west of Kingman Arizona.
April 8, 2019 Rod reports: Photos (Apr. 4) at Browns Ranch on the Cone Mountain and Upper Ranch trails. Poppies and Lupine mixed together in numerous spots, Fairy Duster also common. Brittlebush everywhere.
April 6, 2019 Bob reports: Bartlett Lake in AZ is still going strong. Week of April 1-5
April 3, 2019 Paul W in Gila County reports: Roadside patches of gold poppies border highway 60 with an overload of flower color as you're driving through Miami and Claypool this week. Hike Pinal Mountain trails and you're like to see familiar flora including lupine, verbena and deer vetch -- plus a range of 'locoweed' Astragalus varietals such as Freckled Milkvetch and Wood Betony; the latter can be photographed along the Six Shooter Canyon trail (#198) with Golden Smoke (Corydalis aurea).
April 2, 2019 Karl reports: Hillside carpets of poppies along Route 66 near Oatman Arizona. Lupine and primrose were also in abundance. Best poppy bloom in many years.
April 1, 2019 Karl reports: Even Kingman Arizona has flowers, although it's still a tad early for cactus blooms ..took this one on 3/28
We drove 40 miles north of Kingman today to the Joshua Tree forests east of Dolan Springs, and found that most of them have already bloomed and many of the petals fallen off, but there are still some fresh ones. This one was on the road up to Meadview and the Grand Canyon Skywalk Ripoff, where it's still worth looking at in the higher elevations, and there ARE quite a few patches of poppies along the way.
April 1, 2019 Diane reports: Oatman AZ March 29, 2019. Nice display of poppies on the hillsides along Route 66 coming into Oatman from Bullhead City. Not the superbloom that SoCal is experiencing, but the hillsides did have large patches of poppies. Also, poppies were here and there along the roadside, so it was easy to park and get macro shots of individual blooms.
April 1, 2019 CF reports: Browns Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ Cone Mountain trail
April 1, 2019 Plank reports: 3/28/19. Apache Trail Hwy 88 Apache Lake
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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