Globe Mallow

Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea) is a perennial desert wildflower that grows from one to three feet high in dry, rocky and sandy soils up to 3500 ft. in elevation and blooms throughout the spring, summer and fall. http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SPAM2 It produces a steady supply of pollen to honey bees and other insects, but according to the United States Forest […]

Crested Saguaro

Carnegia gigantea (Englem.) Brit & Rose forma cristata, better known as a crested saguaro is a rarity, occurring only once in every 250,000 saguaro. http://www.nps.gov/sagu/learn/nature/why_crested.htm The cause of the mutation is not definitively known, with some biologists professing it is the result of a genetic mutation and others believing it is the result of either a lightning […]

Saguaro Cactus in Bloom

It’s May; time for the fleeting once-a-year blossoms on the Saguaro cactus. If you want to photograph them, get up early in the morning, as they are night-bloomers and their blossoms soon wilt in the sun. These were photographed at about 10 AM and already show signs of burning up from the sunlight. Image copyrighted. Reproduction and […]

Cactus Forest Trail

Thanks to a very wet winter, wildflowers are giving Tucson a great show right now. Yellow and orange African Daisies and Poppies fill yards where the homeowners have planted wildflower seeds, and in the outlying desert areas to the north and west yellow Brittlebush is abundant, but at the base of the Rincon Mountains on the east side of town, the dominant […]

Cereus Hildmannianus

This morning I awoke to a lovely surprise: my night-blooming pipe cactus had errupted in a showy display of flowers – 12 of them! So I went out with my point ‘n shoot camera, since my pro cameras were all at the studio, to capture the blooms and got the added bonus of catching a Carpenter Bee enjoying his […]