First Light Poppies

Arizona is in one of the best blooms in a decade. For those of you with our book here is a rundown of location number and the wildflower report:
1-13 Nothing
14 Modest blooms
15 unknown
16 Great Gold Cup bloom all the way up tho Bill Williams River WR
17 Roadside
18 Did not look good 3 weeks ago.
19 Carpets of Bladderpod and some Globemallow with some poppies
20 OK bloom
21 Best bloom in a Decade
22 Good bloom with poppies appearing in the north fork
23 Past w/weeds
24 Good
25 Coming back from the snow and showing great.
26 Unknown
27 always good they water
28 Big bladder pod bloom and good poppies even on Pima Canyon
29 Unknown but must be good
30 Big bladder pod bloom on south side and good bloom in park
31 Good wildflowers not sure we will see Brittlebush.
32 Drive by was ok
33 Unknown
34 Good bloom now
35 They water so should be good
36 Scouted 3 weeks ago lots of weeds but some good blooms
37-41 Nothing
42 should start showing if anyone would like to scout it for me
43 Unknown
44 is showing normal bloom
45 Poppies Now
46 Was blooming 3 weeks ago so should still look good
47 Nothing
48 Big bloom now and should last weeks.
49 Nothing
50 scouting this week but some good reports
51 Best bloom I have ever seen there. Good two weeks plus of different wildflowers
52 Unknown
53 was blooming 3 weeks ago.
54-55 Watered so should be good
56 some lower elevations are showing good color now
57 normal spring color
58 Watered
59 mixed reviews but some poppies showing
60 Nothing.
It is a very interesting year the Brittlebush started blooming last year and is now on its 2nd and 3rd set of blooms so they are looking tired but still could carpet. Poppies are all over the Central locations and should last a few more weeks if not longer with coming rains. March is the month get out there and get some of this we may not see it again for years.

In Arizona now “Winters Spring”. Super early for the Phacelias. They are already doing that now, then there will be more side-branches and flowers on those yet to come, and it seems like seed set and reproduction will be high. Very interesting! The desert is also covered with baby Brittlebush more than I have ever seen. If we get 1/2-1″ of rain next 2 months spread out and no hard freeze then I am now predicting a banner Phacelias and Brittlebush year soon. Also spotted blooming fiddlenack and lupin. NO Poppies

 

#48 – Peridot Mesa is looking good early and should have a nice showing in the next few weeks.
  
#53 – Catalina State Park is showing small patches of poppies along the road to the Equestrian Center and above the Southerland Wash.
#51 – Picacho Peak State Park: One of the more promising poppy bloom along the Barrett and Anza Loops. Flowers are small now but look to explode after this week.
#58 – Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum wildflower areas are just starting to show.
#50 – Pinal Parkway has ok roadside blooms but will be great year for cactus in a month.
#57 – Saguaro National Park is still a ways off but will have a good cactus and tree bloom this year.
#54 – Tohona Chul Park has some nice flowers and looks to get better in the coming weeks. 
#23 – Cabeza Prieta. has large amounts of Sahara Mustered covering the dunes but it is showing some wildflowers.

 

    

 

The Perrennials are on their last legs now in the deserts but still putting on a show in the higher deserts. Cactus blooms are going good and still some wildflowers in location 25. Also a nice banana yucca bloom around the 4 peaks. Locations 27 & 35 are the best bet for color now. Next week I will be covering the high deserts and will have a report later. Get out there and shoot now or wait till the Monsoon bloom.

 

After two months of no rain in the Arizona Desert. The Perennials like Brittlebush, Agave and Cactus blooms are now the dominant wildflowers. Most of the 13 Central Locations (pages 98-135) are showing good brittle bush blooms along with locations 57 & 58. If you truly would like to get the most variety of blooms go to locations: 27, 35, 54 & 55. they will have the best blooms for the next 2 weeks. 

 

Looking like the best poppy location is Peridot Mesa (Location 48 in the book). The upcoming rains may give this area a longer blooming period. Also poppy reports from locations 24 – 27 and location 45. Lake Mohave has a few patches on the beaches and dunes. Location 14 is not looking good but will have a Beavertail bloom in a few weeks. The Joshua Trees are at peak for location 15. Also Date Creek. Not much in #22 but will show a cactus bloom later this month. Also hearing and seeing images from locations 53-55.

Most Arizona canyons are past peak for fall color. Still some color in Arnett Canyon but the normal northern entrance is closed for highway construction so you will need to come in the East or West ends of the canyon. Some images from Aravaipa and Hell Hole Canyons last week. Still some color along the Colorado River from Lake Havasu to Yuma for the next few weeks. Wildflower update: We had great rains so far this year for the 2016 bloom then dried out for almost a month. This rain we had this week was needed and should help. The brittle bush is growing very well and should have a great showing next year. The cactus are all fat and look good. We should know how the wildflower bloom will look early next year so keep an eye on this blog and don’t forget the NEW, Wild in Arizona – Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers makes a great Christmas gift. Happy Holidays everyone and heres to a great wildflower year in 2016.

East Aravaipa Canyon

Deer Creek

The Huachuca Mountains has just hit peak color this week. Ramsey canyon is having a great  year for fall foliage and should last 1 more week. Miller Canyon has some leaf damage from insects and is just past peak. Huachuca Canyon is at peak last weekend. Garden Canyon was still mostly green and looks a bit damaged. San Pedro river has just a little color left on the northern sections. The road into Cave Creek in the Chirichuas is reportedly closed with flood damage to Maple Camp. Ash Canyon in the Galiuro Mountains is having a banner year with peak just past. Madera Canyon in the Santa Ritas is also just pass peak with a week left.

Ramsey Canyon Autumn

Miller Canyon
Huachuca Canyon

San Pedro

Most of the fall color on top the Mogollon Rim is past with small pockets of maples in Barbershop and Turkey Creek. Most of the maples have not peaked in Horton, Christopher Creek, and Mingus mountain. West Fork is showing but just not a great year so far for fall color in Arizona. Hope to have some southern Arizona fall color reports in the next few weeks.

Turkey Creek Maples

Mingus Mt. Fall 2

Turkey-Creek-Maples 2

Mingus Mt. Fall

The rains last week have given already blooming areas like the Peridot Mesa a second wind. There is also a good bladderpod carpets between Safford and Clifton. You will need to jump barbwire fences and hike to the hillsides if you want the poppies. There is a nice carpet of poppies on the south side of 70 around San Jose but will need to jump fences which I don’t suggest not knowing who owns that land.

The Black Hills Byway also has some wildflowers now and the Rockhound area off 191 is good for bladderpod.
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