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.
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.
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.
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.
Some quick midday wildflower scouting images. Picacho Peak is now showing good groupings of poppies around the Sunset Vista trail and Children’s Cave Trail. The brittle bush, lupine and globemallow is starting on the upper peaks and roadsides.
With this rain It should be an excellent bloom in the next few weeks. (See page 178 of the 1st edition). If you don’t want to deal with the crowds there is a good bloom starting along the Sasco Road heading into Ironwood Forest National Monument. (page 180, 1st edition) the hillsides have poppies and the low areas are covered with carpets of globmallow.
Finally some rain after months of being high and dry. The roadside flowers are having a good bloom but the desert is very spotty this year with a few good areas spread out. Organ Pipe Cactus N.P. is about as good as it’s going to get with some brittlebush blooms on the Ajo loop. White Tank Mountain park is showing some color and The Lost Dutchman S.P. has small patches of brittle bush going. So this is a great year to get the macro gear out and get up close. Just wanted to thank everyone for a 4th sold out Arizona Highways wildflower macro workshop, we are scouting the best locations for the great weekend coming up.