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!
Gary Smith | Sierra Vista
Michael Joseph Baca | Superstition Mountains
Georgia Michalicek | Sedona
Jeff Lewis | Carefree
Joe Neely | Pinetop
Bonnie Doty Trzaskos | Anthem
Nina Schulz | Bisbee
Saija Lehtonen | Mesa
Douglas George | Sycamore Canyon
Lynn Woodruff | Bartlett Lake
Shirley Ramaley | Phoenix
Mary Stone | Scottsdale
Michael Joseph Baca | Near Superior
Focus On Nature Photography | Sedona
Rebecca Wilks | Phoenix
Denise Chelpka | Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Patty Urlaub | Wickenburg
Maureen Isree | Phoenix
Laura Bavetz | Bush Highway
Gregg Edelman | Phoenix
Jamie Thomas | Phoenix
Mk Bernardo | Bartlett Lake
Dancing Snake Nature Photography | Tucson
Dave Anderson | Queen Creek
Trish Christian | Flagstaff
Joel Rivera | Phoenix
Shawn Carden | Chiricahua National Monument
Rex Lavoie | Tonto National Monument
Carol Hagood | Show Low
Lawrence Busch | Bartlett Lake
Reinier Zorge | Luna Lake
Ed Taube | Bartlett Lake
Patty Frederickson Giles | Lost Dutchman State Park
Jody M. Tanner
Alan Lucio | Hannagan Meadow
Maggie Irwin | Bisbee
Scott Ingersoll | Mesa
Ruth Jolly | Scottsdale
Peri Ann Walker Michels | Bartlett Dam Road
Kay Nance | Bartlett Lake
Reid Helms | Bartlett Lake
George Rocheleau | Phoenix
Jack Partin | Grand Canyon
Doug Koepsel | Paria Plateau
Howard Brown | Jerome
Pam Barnhart | Near Superior
Lynne Parrish | Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Glenn Tamblingson | Hart Prairie
Rodney Lippert | Tucson
Ron Pelton Jr. | Roosevelt Lake
Don Lawrence | Salt River
Casey Stanford | Mesa
Dave March | Lost Dutchman State Park
Susie Westervelt | Saguaro Lake
Larry Wright Sr. | Lower Lake Mary
Bob Miller | Maricopa
Sue Newbanks | New River
Kristy Snyder | Lake Pleasant
Jeanna Peterson | Flagstaff
Janet Schritz | Tortilla Flat
Jason Herring | Lake Pleasant
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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.