Mexican goldpoppies in Mesa | Saija Lehtonen
Although you’ve likely seen wildflowers popping up in front yards and on roadsides in parts of the state, this Saturday, March 1, is the unofficial start of wildflower season in Arizona. On that date, Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden will activate its Wildflower Info Site, giving wildflower seekers up-to-date reports on desert wildflower blooms in Central and Southern Arizona.
The site may be even more valuable than usual this year. Due to a relative lack of rainfall, this season’s wildflowers are expected to be somewhat sparser than normal. The DBG’s site can help take the guesswork out of your wildflower search.
Also debuting March 1: the DBG’s Spring Butterfly Exhibit, which features hundreds of fluttering butterflies at the garden’s Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. The exhibit runs through May 11.
Michael Joseph Baca | Near Superior
Wildflower-covered landscapes. Wildflower macros. Wildflowers and animals. You certainly covered all the bases in this week’s wildflower-themed Friday Fotos. Thanks, as always, for all your amazing submissions. To see more wildflowers, pick up our March issue, on newsstands now. Enjoy your weekend!
Rodney Lippert | Tucson
Trish Christian | Flagstaff
Shawn Carden | Chiricahua National Monument
Joel Rivera | Phoenix
Dave March | Lost Dutchman State Park
Nina Schulz | Bisbee
Lawrence Busch | Bartlett Lake
Gregg Edelman | Phoenix
Bonnie Doty Trzaskos | Anthem
Reinier Zorge | Luna Lake
Maureen Isree | Phoenix
Mary Stone | Scottsdale
Jeanna Peterson | Flagstaff
Doug Koepsel | Paria Plateau
Michael Joseph Baca | Near Superior
Joe Neely | Pinetop
Jason Herring | Lake Pleasant
Rebecca Wilks | Phoenix
Alan Lucio | Hannagan Meadow
Saija Lehtonen | Mesa
Jamie Thomas | Phoenix
Kay Nance | Bartlett Lake
Kristy Snyder | Lake Pleasant
Patty Urlaub | Wickenburg
Don Lawrence | Salt River
Georgia Michalicek | Sedona
Dancing Snake Nature Photography | Tucson
Douglas George | Sycamore Canyon
Dave Anderson | Queen Creek
Carol Hagood | Show Low
Susie Westervelt | Saguaro Lake
Pam Barnhart | Near Superior
Glenn Tamblingson | Hart Prairie
Maggie Irwin | Bisbee
Jody M. Tanner
Laura Bavetz | Bush Highway
Ron Pelton Jr. | Roosevelt Lake
Larry Wright Sr. | Lower Lake Mary
Lynn Woodruff | Bartlett Lake
Patty Frederickson Giles | Lost Dutchman State Park
Sue Newbanks | New River
Gary Smith | Sierra Vista
Jack Partin | Grand Canyon
Bob Miller | Maricopa
Howard Brown | Jerome
Lynne Parrish | Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Shirley Ramaley | Phoenix
Michael Joseph Baca | Superstition Mountains
Ruth Jolly | Scottsdale
Peri Ann Walker Michels | Bartlett Dam Road
Denise Chelpka | Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Focus On Nature Photography | Sedona
Janet Schritz | Tortilla Flat
Mk Bernardo | Bartlett Lake
Ed Taube | Bartlett Lake
Casey Stanford | Mesa
Jeff Lewis | Carefree
George Rocheleau | Phoenix
Rex Lavoie | Tonto National Monument
Scott Ingersoll | Mesa
Reid Helms | Bartlett Lake
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Have you seen our March cover yet? As we do every March, we’re featuring Arizona’s beautiful wildflowers. This year, though, we’re also including comments and advice from four masters of wildflower photography: Jack Dykinga, Tim Fitzharris, Tom Danielsen and George Stocking. This issue is a must for wildflower fans.
Other highlights include Kelly Vaughn Kramer’s profile of self-reliance expert Peter Bigfoot; a scenic drive through Pinery Canyon, in the Coronado National Forest; and the important work being done on a native-seeds farm in Patagonia. Look for the March issue on newsstands next month!
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Who couldn’t use a few simple tips when it comes to photographing Mother Nature’s splendor? If you’re getting ready to go on a shoot of our spectacular backcountry (wildflowers are starting to bloom — hint, hint, wink, wink) check out George Stocking’s 7 Simple Tips For Shooting Wildflowers from our March issue. For more photo tips, consider us your go-to source. Our Photo Tips page is filled with information that’ll make your images stand out from the rest.
We can’t wait to see what you come back with, and remember, your photograph could end up as our Photo of the Day.