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DBG’s Wildflower Tracking Site Returns on Saturday

Saija Lehtonen | Mesa

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.


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Friday Fotos: Fabulous Flowers

Michael Joseph Baca | Near Superior

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!

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We’re Wild About Our March Cover


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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George Stocking’s 7 Simple Tips for Shooting Wildflowers

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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.


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Friday Fotos: Arizona Wildflowers

Photo courtesy of Peter James

Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s that time of year … Wildflowers. Our friends on Facebook posted some beautiful images of wildflowers this week, so thank you to all who participated. Don’t forget to share this week’s blog with your favorite people … this week’s Friday Fotos are simply splendid — enjoy!


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Here’s What’s Blooming in March…

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