Mountain Harebell

Summer wildflowers abound in Colorado. Some of the flowers are the same as we see in southern Arizona, but ours burn¬†out by the beginning of May, since we are so much hotter, while the ones in Colorado are at their best in summer and into the fall. This is a Campanula routundiforia¬†(Mountain Harebell). It grows […]

Sunset Beauty Moment

White Prickly Poppy (Argemone mexicana)¬†or “Cowboy’s Egg” at sunset in Gardner Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains of southern Arizona. 1/125 second at f 7.1 – ISO 3200 with diffused fill-flash All parts of this year-round bloomer, known by the Aztecs as “nourishment for the dead” ¬†have psychoactive properties. Shamans used it for journeys to […]

Cone Flowers in the Morning

These Yerba Mansa¬†(Anemopsis¬†californica)¬†are a¬†wildflower in the Lizard-Tail family which bloom from May through August in moist alkaline soils of ¬†northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. According to Spellenberg’s Sonoran Desert Wildflowers, ¬†the indigenous people use¬†the flower¬†for medicinal purposes: as a tea for stomach ailments, as a salve for skin problems, in a poultice for […]

Woolly Daisy

The yellow woolly daisy (Eriophyllum¬†wallecei)¬†is a diminutive plant in the sunflower family with half-inch wide heads that bloom from March through June in the desert washes and¬†open sandy soil¬†of the southwest United States and northern Mexico. I photographed these after sunset with a macro lens, a dragged shutter (to show ambient light in the sky), […]

Cape Marigold – African Daisy

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…¬†” ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ~Susan Polis Shutz