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 […]

Spring Will Be Here Soon!

Even though it’s warm and the wildflowers are already showing their faces here in southern Arizona, people in the northeast are experiencing something quite different. Don’t worry, my friends, winter is almost done and spring is just around the corner for you too. Look at this and envision the warm rays on your skin. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from […]

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke (Gerum triforum), sometimes referred to as Old Man’s Whiskers, is a perennial wildflower. It get’s it’s name because after the flowers fade and the seeds form, long smoke-like seed tails become visible. I found this one growing in the Rocky Mountains near Ward, Colorado. It is in its pre-flower stage. Image copyrighted. Use […]

Little High-Country Jewels

  Yellow Stonecrop (Amerosedum lanceolatum) is a drought tolerant perennial which lives in the western half of North America at elevations from 5,000 ft. to 11,500 ft. As the name implies (sedum” from the latin “sedo” meaning “to sit,”), the plant likes to live (“sit”) on rocks or gravely well-drained ground. I came across these in northern […]

Easter Bonnets for your Easter Sunday

This image I created of some wildflowers seemed appropriate to post today, seeing as how they are called White Easter Bonnets. Have a wonderful day! Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

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 […]

Silverpuffs

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 […]

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 […]

Fiddlenecks

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 […]

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 […]

Honey Bees of Spring

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 […]