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