The California poppies are making a nice accent for the Bishop’s Cap (Astrophytum ornatum) cactus. What a beautiful spring day in the Sonoran Desert! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted; use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
Happy first day of spring from Tucson – where the cactus are starting to sprout new buds, just like the citrus trees and wildflowers. This is a macro (close-up) photo of a cholla cactus. They’ve been called jumping cholla because the individual sections seem to jump out at passersby. The reality is, the passersby move […]
It’s the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. Cheers! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
It’s been warm enough here in southern Arizona that the Silverpuffs (Microseris linearifolia) yellow flowers have already faded and their seed heads have formed. Image copyrighted. Licensing for use obtainable from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
The California Poppies are gracefully unfolding their petals … http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Licensing for use may be obtained from Martha Lochert.
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 […]
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The cactus have erupted in new growth. One of my favorites is the purple prickly pear. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
It’s the first day of Spring; enjoy! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Spring has arrived; enjoy! Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
One of the many plants erupting in color at Tohono Chul Park in northwest Tucson, Arizona (www.tohonochulpark.org) is the Baja Fairy Duster (Calliandra californica). It is a soil and drought tolerant shrub which grows to five feet and blooms year-round, though more heavily in the Spring. It can take full sun, but is also hearty down to twenty degrees. As […]
My Feather Tree (Chilean Mesquite Tree) is in bloom. I’m happy. I have pampered three of these extremely slow-growing thorn-less mesquite hybrids from seed for about six years now and this one is only about two feet tall. They are a deciduous plant, so every winter they drop their leaves. Hearty to ten to fifteen degrees fahrenheit, they are usually […]
On a “macroing” excursion I saw this gorgeous Sunburst Aeonium (Aeonium decorum) in the nursery at Tohono Chul Park (www.tohonochulpark.org) and was taken by the visual rhythm of this plant. I’m not a fan of baby pink, but accenting the sage green and soft yellow, it is stunning. Aeoniums are members of Crassulaceae, in the succulent family. Most are native to […]
It’s another gorgeous Spring day in Tucson, Arizona. Enjoy your Saturday, wherever you are! Image registered with U.S. Office of Copyright. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Today I was gifted an adorable miniature cactus with these beautiful orange flowers. Though my macro lens makes them appear fairly monumental, they are diminutive blossoms smaller across than the size of a dime. They made this cold and rainy day a bit brighter. Thank you, my friend. Image copyright Martha Lochert http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
For my friend on your special day. May your future be as bright and warmed by the light as these poppies from your yard. Image copyrighted. All use requires licensing. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Spring will soon be upon us and already the cycle of life has begun again. The pollinators are extremely important in that cycle. Almond crops depend entirely on the honey bee for pollination at bloom time, while blueberries and cherries, are 90-percent dependent on honey bee pollination, according to the American Beekeeping Federation. http://www.abfnet.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=14 This bee has been […]
Silverpuffs (Urapappus lindleyi) are in the sunflower family and grow in open areas below 6,000 feet in much of the western United States. They bloom from March – June. I found these growing in my front yard and photographed them with a 60mm macro lens at ISO 100 for 1/800 second at f/4, which gave a nice […]
Generally I’m not a fan of the color pink, but this beauty caught my eye when it bloomed in the front yard of one of my neighbors. As it turned out, this was just the first of several dozen blooms which erupted in wash of fuscia over her collection of cactus. These are night-blooming Cereus, which are […]
Rancher’s Fireweed / Devil’s Lettuce (Amsinckia menziesii) of the Borage family glistens in the back-lit sun on Cactus Forest Trail in Tucson, Arizona. It’s flowering season is March through May in mostly weedy or grassy places below 5,000 feet in the western United States and northwestern Mexico. The fiddleneck flower cluster uncoils, leaving the new blossoms accessible to the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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It’s officially Spring and the honey bees are already busy pollinating the flowers and collecting their treasure to take back to the hive. This little guy has been busy visiting the blue lupines, as you can see by the orange pollen sacks on the tibia of his back legs. By the time he finishes with his work those […]