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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...
2022 Phoenix Area and Northern AZ Reports
April 26 2022 Joanne reports: All out at Sears Kay Ruins trail, Tonto National Forest, N. Scottsdale, AZ
April 26 2022 Larry reports: White Tank Mountains First saguaro blooms of spring.
April 21 2022 Pete reports: Dolan Springs, Arizona on the side of 19th street photos 4/10/22
April 2 2022 Joanne reports: Bush Hwy on Monday, March 25, 2022
Lake Roosevelt areas below, north and south. SR 288 and 188. Arizona.
Mar 31 2022 Red Rock State Park reports: Desert Sage is in bloom.
This photo, taken by Ranger Tori
Mar 31 2022 Lost Dutchman tate Park reports: The warm weather and end of March signal the closing of peak flower season for Lost Dutchman State Park, as delicate annual blooms die down and the sturdier beautiful yellow brittlebush flowers slowly fade away. They are still on the mountain for a short time for you to enjoy. Then these wildflowers will give way to the less frequently noticed, but steadfast and short-lived native cactus flowers in April/May as temps continue to warm.
Mar 24 2022 Paul reports: Our famous Mexican Goldpoppies along highway 60 through Miami, Claypool and Globe are more showy over the past few weeks, adding roadside borders of color in time for Globe's second annual Poppy Festival on the weekend of April 1-2, complete festival details are at azpoppyfest.com.
This goldpoppy photo was taken this week in the Crestwood neighborhood; Highway 60 drivers will find camera-ready color in Claypool near the Circle K, also in Globe near the crossroads of Highway 60 and 70 (near Taco Bell and McDonalds), and also for a mile or so past the Gila County Fairgrounds, driving north. My forecast is less sunny for mountain hillsides in the desert surrounding Globe-Miami, on hikes this past month I'm seeing scattered flowers that include Blue Dicks, Wallflower, Goldfields and Astragalus - but no patches of goldpoppies. Highway 60 roadside flower viewing is what we'll be content with for this year, it seems.
The April 1-2 poppy festival offers a great excuse for a visit -- please join us! Again, for details check out azpoppyfest.com or connect, see photos and find updates at facebook.com/AZ-Poppy-Fest-102545438400802
Mar 17 2022 Loren reports: I found this lone purple thing about 4 miles north of Temple Bar road (extreme NW Arizona, not very far from Lake Mead) in a wash--I saw no others like it. This was at least 4 miles from the closest any vehicle could get and it's in wilderness terrain anyway:
Mar 11 2022 Will reports: I took these off the N Beeline Hwy just south of the Bush Hwy this past week.
Mar 5 2022 Boyce Thompson Arboretum reports: Many plants around the arboretum are beginning to bloom! Some of our early bloomers include: Globe Mallow, Brittlebush, Blue Dichelostemma, Poppies, Redbud Trees, Red Barberry, Dalea, and Desert Marigolds. The blooms of Texas Mountain Laurel are particularly impressive! Many of these blooms are short lived, so make sure to stop by soon!
Mar 5 2022 Lost Dutchman State Park reports: While not abundant, there are scattered wildflowers to be seen. Most eye-catching is the desert hyacinth, found on any and all of our trails. The brittlebush, chuparosa, and fairy duster are hanging out by the small washes that cross the trails, and there are just a few poppies budding, but not many are in bloom! The storksbill are in bloom, producing tiny pink flowers low to the ground (pictured). If we get rains and mild climates, we can expect more blooms next week.
Mar 03 2022 Jack Reports: 3/1/22, near Saguaro Lake. Temperature in the mid 80’s and I don’t believe they will last more than a few days without some more rain! Given that they were not there a week ago before last Wednesdays rain I guess it could be a start!
Mar 03 2022 Paul Reports: Here's a brief update from Globe-Miami as of Feb. 28, 2022 Mexican Goldpoppies remain few, and scattered, along highway 60 through Miami and Claypool.
This photo was taken Sunday Feb. 27 near Freeport McMoran's Rod Plant -- usually a reliable spot for a few robust examples of these iconic flowers. So far this season there's not much to see or photograph, but perhaps the rain and snowfall last week will encourage more color? Hope so! A small patch of goldpoppies are also blooming again this year across from the Taco Bell near the crossroads/stoplights at highway 60/70.
And this past Saturday I photographed one of many blue dicks (Dichelostemma pulchellum) on a southeast facing hillside above highway 77, below El Capitan as the highway drops down towards Dripping Springs.
> an additional " mark your calendar" note for all who love poppies -- Globe's 2nd Annual Poppy Festival will be April 1-2-3.
Feb 28 2022 Lost Dutchman State Park reports: The mountain is not on full display, but the showy poppies and brittlebush have started to bloom. We hoped for rain this week, and instead got snow! The freezing temperatures killed off some of the new buds, but some seeds still underground hopefully survived to germinate later on. Current status for finding wildflowers: still sparse and inconspicuous, but you may find a purple desert hyacinth or a yellow aster here or there. Here are some species you may find in bloom in the campground or on the mountain: Poppy, deervetch, jojoba, spurge/sandmat, popcorn flower, wooly desert marigold, brittlebush, trixis, desert hyacinth/blue dicks, fairyduster, filaree/stork bill, Mormon tea, and wolfberry. Good luck wildflower hunters!
Feb 28 2022 Picacho Peak reports: So far, a few fiddle necks and about 2-dozen poppies have bloomed. Unless we get lucky, it could be a sub-par wildflower year at Picacho. As playfully put by Park Manager Carolin, “The flowers are still in quarantine, they don't gather in groups and they still work from home.”
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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