National Public Land Use Day 9.22.18

Tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 22) is the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere, but for those of us in the United States, it is also National Public Land Use Day. Entrance fees are waived to national parks, recreation sites and public lands, so get out there and enjoy some nature! For more details: https://www.neefusa.org/npld

Be a Good Steward or Stay Out

The current state of the Horseshoe Two, Wallow and other fires devastating Arizona, is a reminder to be appreciative of  the beauty that surrounds us, which is fragile and fleeting. Yesterday all 1,780,000 acres of Coronado National Forest http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/ was officially closed, which includes the Catalina Mountains shown in the background of this photo. Between the extremely dry […]

Hope Camp Trail – Tucson

On this day a year ago I was hiking with my son on the Hope Camp Trail, also known as the Loma Alta Trail, since it’s trailhead is at the north end of Camino Loma Alta Road. Drive east on Old Spanish Trail to Camino Loma Alta and turn left (north). The last half-mile or […]

Desert Chicory

Desert Chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana) is a member of the sunflower family. It is a wildflower in the open desert of the southwest United States in elevations from 500 – 4500 feet.  I found these on the Douglas Spring Trail in the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson, Arizona.  They have a long flowering season of February through July. If […]

Bee & Thistle

On a hike with my son on the very solitary Loma Alta Trail in the southern part of the Rincon Mountains we encountered a patch of New Mexico Thistle growing in the wild grasses and partial shade of a sandy wash bed.  The constant hum of the bees filled our ears as we made our way […]

Douglas Spring Trail

The desert southwest is sometimes touted as a dry, sparse and harsh environment, but no one could argue that point at this time of year; the terrain is erupting in color. Earlier in the week we hiked the Douglas Spring Trail which starts at the far east end of Speedway in Tucson, Arizona. We embarked […]

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 […]