Saturday, March 01, 2008

Picacho Peak Wildflowers

The flowers at Ironwood Forest National Monument aren't bad. The flowers at Picacho Peak State Park are absolutely amazing. Below are 17 glimpses of my morning hike with my older daughter. There are a total of 63 colorful images over in the gallery, too.

Sunrise over a low peak adjacent to Picacho Peak, itself about 40 miles northwest of Tucson. This first set of photos is taken with my new 10-20mm wide-angle lens, which is awesome!

My older daughter (the younger lass, alas, is under the weather) on the trail up to the peak.

And her old man, smiling but---with eyes hidden in shadow---perhaps a bit shifty?

The older rascalian, again. We had pretty amazing clouds in addition to flowers this morning.

Poppies and a dramatic view as we climb the trail to the peak.

A more horizontal view. There are saguaros and other cacti a plenty at the park.

For example, these teddy bear cholla.

The patches of Mexican gold-poppies, desert lupine, fiddleneck, desert chicory, and wild heliotrope were fairly stunning.

But here's one of my favorite flowers (and a wildflower, at that)!

Switching to the trusty ol' macro lens now. What a difference a good lens makes!

Poppies among Picacho's volcanic soil.

Found composition: cholla joint, poppies, verbena bloom (or filaree, an exotic, perhaps), and more.

Mexican gold-poppies and desert lupine.

Desert chicory; not as plentify as the others, but stunning nonetheless.

Fiddleneck among poppies and lupine, with hedgehog cactus in the background.

Wahoooooo for wildflowers!

Not a bad way to spend to spend the morning, indeed!

View all 63 of the Picacho Peak wildflower photos now.


Shann Palmer said...

Again- they are just BEAUTIFUL!

The wildflowers, too.


jd said...

How green the desert is this time of year. The flowers are beautiful. I've always wondered why so many wildflowers are yellow or white. I prefer the reds and purples, but there never seems to be as many of those.

Simmons B. Buntin said...

Thanks guys. JD, we do get some lovely red wildflowers, just not in great patches like this. Penstemon, chuperosa, autumn sage (native more to Chihuahuan desert, Indian paintbrush to name a few. But yeah, most plants and trees, too, seem to flower in yellow and white. I think the bees are more attracted to those, and perhaps the hummingbirds and hawkmoths to the reds and purples? It would be an interesting study, anyway.

Hey, when are you going to get your comments back online, JD?

jd said...

Sounds like a great study for an established poet/emerging narrative nonfiction writer.

Comments are back up. I converted to WordPress and relocated the blog. It is now in the root directory.