This is my favorite time to photograph wildflowers on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Cliff Rose is between bloom and seeding plumes all along the rim with Indian paintbrush and snakeweed. The rabbit brush is peaking at Desert View and will be blooming all September until the end of monsoon. The 10 miles south of Tusayan have carpets of sunflowers and rabbit brush in the forests – take some of the dirt roads for the best views.

Desert View rabbit brush

San Francisco Peak Sunflowers

Just took a look at the west/south side of the San Francisco Peaks. The fields at Fort Valley and Shultz’s Pass intersection are now in full color. Fort Valley is now fair and the north side of the peaks are good. Also a large field of sunflowers on old route 66 past the Purina tower before the walnut exit I40. happy hunting, Paul

San Francisco Peak spring sunset

The wildflowers around Flagstaff are great on the east side of the San Francisco Peaks with Bee plant and sunflowers looking good. Most fields are private land with only two areas you can shoot in just south of Copeland Lane. Also a great bloom in Sunset Crater and looking promising at the Inner Basin. The Snow Bowl has a ok Larkspur bloom.  Bonito Park and Fort Valley are poor at this time.

The cinder cones of Sunset Crater National Monument are at peak now for color. Large globes of yellow snakeweed on the eastern cones and the largest Arizona Gilia bloom I have ever seen there. For best location information go to page 46-49 in our book, “Wild in Arizona, Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How” (available for purchase at

Sunset Crater snakeweed

Sunset Crater gilia

The stormy monsoon season is in full swing here in Arizona, which means enough moisture has hit the ground to encourage the later-blowing monsoon wildflowers to show their brilliant colors.

Trip leader Ambika and workshop students Amy and Deanna capture their unique vision of lupines at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon at the junction of Cape Royal Road and the Point Imperial turnoff.

A quick visit to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon with the Arizona Highways Photography Workshops (one of our valued book sponsors) last weekend revealed multiple species of vibrant blooms just starting to peak.  Those with some time in the next two weeks will certainly have healthy specimens to focus on (pun intended!), including lupine, fireweed, aspen fleabane, goldeneye, skyrockets, Kaibab paintbrush, goldenrod, wild geranium, Richardson’s geranium, and many more.

En route to the North Rim – roughly 26 miles from Jacob Lake – make a stop at the fence-lined tank (technically called “Deer Lake”) just beyond DeMotte Campground on the west side of the Highway 67 to find patches of flowers.  Keep an eye out for the blooms along the roadsides inside the park as well – they’ll be hard to miss!  A great spot to find a mix of various blooms is at the junction of the Cape Royal Road and the turnoff to Point Imperial. Pull far off the road to park and watch for traffic as you photograph here.

A detailed description for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon can be found on page 32-45 of our book/eBook, “Wild in Arizona:  Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How.”  If you or your friends haven’t picked up a copy yet, please visit the Wild in Arizona website ( to get your signed book, eBook, or discounted book/eBook package!

Happy summer shooting!


With daily rainstorms in the White Mountains for the past month, this is the time to find the best wildflowers. The meadows around Hannagan Meadows in the White Mountains are showing carpets of sneezeweed and white aster.  The creeks are lined with cone flowers, marsh mallow and some Gunnison Mariposa lilies.

Hannagan Meadow spring


Marsh Mallow GreerCone and Larkspur

Greer Arizona has a very good wildflower bloom now on the upper Little Colorado River just south of town.  Follow Main Street till it turns to dirt and dead ends at the trail head. The creek here is covered with Cone Flowers, Marsh Mallow, and Larkspur to name a few. In 2-3 weeks try the Greer Lakes area for carpets of flowers.

Little Colorado River wildflowers

The Saguaro’s are at peak bloom now in the low deserts with a week or two peak in the high deserts. Best locations are Saguaro National Park, Catalina State Park, Florence/Kearny Rd., Superstition Mt. and many others. Don’t forget flowers open at night and close around 3pm so morning is always a good time to shoot.

Saguaro bloom

Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior AZ. is showing a lot of color in the cactus and agave gardens. Some of the best wildflowers are still great in the Demonstration Garden. This is worth the drive and admission. Saguaros are still budding in most places with good blooms in others, very hit and miss this year. A few shots from this week.

Cactus Gardens

Demonstration GardenCactus Garden

Claret Cups

Wildflowers are burning off now and cactus blooms are peaking. Saguaro’s starting to show and should end the desert bloom in the next month plus. The bloom at the Desert Botanical Garden, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum are your best bets this year to see the last of the desert wildflowers. Rocky Mountain Iris starting in the high country.

Agave & Penstemon

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