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