Arizona (Southern) 2005 - A Spring Awakening!

Winter rains brought an explosion of desert wildflowers in Arizona during the Spring of 2005.
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1 The winter rains of 2004 - 2005 caused an explosion of desert wildflowers in the Phoenix area. I visited my friends Cynda and Alan in late March 2005. I went with the hopes of seeing some of the spectacular blooms and I was not disappointed! I document...

The winter rains of 2004 - 2005 caused an explosion of desert wildflowers in the Phoenix area. I visited my friends Cynda and Alan in late March 2005. I went with the hopes of seeing some of the spectacular blooms and I was not disappointed! I document...

The winter rains of 2004 - 2005 caused an explosion of desert wildflowers in the Phoenix area. I visited my friends Cynda and Alan in late March 2005. I went with the hopes of seeing some of the spectacular blooms and I was not disappointed! I documented 79 different wildflowers, 68 were new to me. 2417
2 Kris and Cynda at <strong>Cave Creek State Recreation Area</strong>. This park is north of Phoenix. It is popular with hikers and horse riders. I'm glad places like this are protected from the rampant development that is spreading out from the city.

Kris and Cynda at Cave Creek State Recreation Area. This park is north of Phoenix. It is popular with hikers and horse riders. I'm glad places like this are protected from the rampant development that is spreading out from the city.

Kris and Cynda at Cave Creek State Recreation Area. This park is north of Phoenix. It is popular with hikers and horse riders. I'm glad places like this are protected from the rampant development that is spreading out from the city. 2272
3 <strong>Brittlebush</strong>
<em>Encelia farinosa</em>
Cave Creek, AZ
March 29, 2005<br>
Brittlebush was the most prevalent plant, it carpeted the valley and hillsides in the valley with gold. It was quite fragrant when in full bloom.

Brittlebush Encelia farinosa Cave Creek, AZ March 29, 2005
Brittlebush was the most prevalent plant, it carpeted the valley and hillsides in the valley with gold. It was quite fragrant when in full bloom.

Brittlebush Encelia farinosa Cave Creek, AZ March 29, 2005
Brittlebush was the most prevalent plant, it carpeted the valley and hillsides in the valley with gold. It was quite fragrant when in full bloom.


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4 Brittlebush flowers close-up.

Brittlebush flowers close-up.

Brittlebush flowers close-up. 1815
5 There were hundreds of these pretty Painted Lady butterflies feeding on nectar from the Brittlebush.

There were hundreds of these pretty Painted Lady butterflies feeding on nectar from the Brittlebush.

There were hundreds of these pretty Painted Lady butterflies feeding on nectar from the Brittlebush. 2131
6 <strong>Englemann's Hedgehog Cactus; Strawberry Hedgehog</strong>
<em>Echinocereus engelmannii</em>
Cave Creek, AZ
March 30, 2005<br>
I knew I was in Arizona a bit early for cactus blooming, so I was thrilled to find the bright pink beauty along a ...

Englemann's Hedgehog Cactus; Strawberry Hedgehog Echinocereus engelmannii Cave Creek, AZ March 30, 2005
I knew I was in Arizona a bit early for cactus blooming, so I was thrilled to find the bright pink beauty along a ...

Englemann's Hedgehog Cactus; Strawberry Hedgehog Echinocereus engelmannii Cave Creek, AZ March 30, 2005
I knew I was in Arizona a bit early for cactus blooming, so I was thrilled to find the bright pink beauty along a trail at Thunderbird Park. The pistils are a brilliant green which greatly contrasts with fuschia petals. The numerous stamens are loaded with pollen and attract bees. map...


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7 On March 29 Cynda and I went hiking at Cave Creek State Recreation Area. I enjoyed seeing the many different types of cactus that grew along the trail. 
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On March 29 Cynda and I went hiking at Cave Creek State Recreation Area. I enjoyed seeing the many different types of cactus that grew along the trail.

On March 29 Cynda and I went hiking at Cave Creek State Recreation Area. I enjoyed seeing the many different types of cactus that grew along the trail. map... 2148
8 Cave Creek State Recreation area with a garden of beautiful wildflowers.

Cave Creek State Recreation area with a garden of beautiful wildflowers.

Cave Creek State Recreation area with a garden of beautiful wildflowers. 1856
9 <strong>Desert Marigold close-up</strong>

Desert Marigold close-up

Desert Marigold close-up 1903
10 <strong>Desert Marigold</strong> 
<em>Baileya multiradiata</em>

This plant has lovely golden-yellow flowers. It can be toxic to goats, sheep, and cattle if eaten. The toxin is <em>hymenoxon</em>, which can cause vomiting, incoordination, muscle tre...

Desert Marigold Baileya multiradiata This plant has lovely golden-yellow flowers. It can be toxic to goats, sheep, and cattle if eaten. The toxin is hymenoxon, which can cause vomiting, incoordination, muscle tre...

Desert Marigold Baileya multiradiata This plant has lovely golden-yellow flowers. It can be toxic to goats, sheep, and cattle if eaten. The toxin is hymenoxon, which can cause vomiting, incoordination, muscle tremors, and prostration.


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11 Cave Creek has several types of cactus and ocotillo (oh-co-TEE-yo). There is Saguaro (sah-wahr-oh), Staghorn Cholla (choy-ah), Teddybear Cholla, and the long, spindly Ocotillo visible in this picture.

Cave Creek has several types of cactus and ocotillo (oh-co-TEE-yo). There is Saguaro (sah-wahr-oh), Staghorn Cholla (choy-ah), Teddybear Cholla, and the long, spindly Ocotillo visible in this picture.

Cave Creek has several types of cactus and ocotillo (oh-co-TEE-yo). There is Saguaro (sah-wahr-oh), Staghorn Cholla (choy-ah), Teddybear Cholla, and the long, spindly Ocotillo visible in this picture. 2825
12 <strong>Wooly Daisy</strong>
<em>Eriophyllum lanosum</em> / Aster Family
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ<br>

Wooly Daisy Eriophyllum lanosum / Aster Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Wooly Daisy Eriophyllum lanosum / Aster Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ



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13 <strong>Wild Heliotrope </strong>
<em>Phacelia bombycina </em> / Waterleaf Family
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Wild Heliotrope Phacelia bombycina / Waterleaf Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Wild Heliotrope Phacelia bombycina / Waterleaf Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ


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14 <strong>Whispering Bells</strong>
<em>Emmenanthe penduliflora </em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ<br>
These pretty yellow bell-shaped flowers looked too delicate to be blooming in this harsh desert.

Whispering Bells Emmenanthe penduliflora March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
These pretty yellow bell-shaped flowers looked too delicate to be blooming in this harsh desert.

Whispering Bells Emmenanthe penduliflora March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
These pretty yellow bell-shaped flowers looked too delicate to be blooming in this harsh desert.


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15 <strong>Cactus Englemans Hedgehog</strong> close-up
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Cactus Englemans Hedgehog close-up March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Cactus Englemans Hedgehog close-up March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ 2105
16 <strong>Desert Chicory</strong>
<em>Rafinesquia neomexicana</em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Desert Chicory Rafinesquia neomexicana March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Desert Chicory Rafinesquia neomexicana March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ


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17 <strong>Desert Trumpet</strong> plant
<em>Eriogonum inflatum</em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ<br>
This is one of the strangest looking plants I've seen. Typical of a desert plant, it doesn't have large leaves on the stem, what leaves it does hav...

Desert Trumpet plant Eriogonum inflatum March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
This is one of the strangest looking plants I've seen. Typical of a desert plant, it doesn't have large leaves on the stem, what leaves it does hav...

Desert Trumpet plant Eriogonum inflatum March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
This is one of the strangest looking plants I've seen. Typical of a desert plant, it doesn't have large leaves on the stem, what leaves it does have grow in a basal rosette near the ground. The flowers are tiny and yellow.
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18 <strong>Desert Trumpet</strong> close-up
<em>Eriogonum inflatum</em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Desert Trumpet close-up Eriogonum inflatum March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Desert Trumpet close-up Eriogonum inflatum March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ


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19 <strong>Desert Lavender</strong> close-up
<em>Hyptis emoryi</em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Desert Lavender close-up Hyptis emoryi March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Desert Lavender close-up Hyptis emoryi March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ


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20 Agave leaf

Agave leaf

Agave leaf 2032
21 <strong>Blackfoot Daisy</strong>
<em>Melampodium leucanthum</em> / Aster Family
April 1, 2005 - Sedona, AZ

Blackfoot Daisy Melampodium leucanthum / Aster Family April 1, 2005 - Sedona, AZ

Blackfoot Daisy Melampodium leucanthum / Aster Family April 1, 2005 - Sedona, AZ


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22 <strong>Bladderpod Mustard</strong>
<em>Lesquerella gordonii</em>/ Mustard Family
April 1, 2005 - Sedona, AZ

Bladderpod Mustard Lesquerella gordonii/ Mustard Family April 1, 2005 - Sedona, AZ

Bladderpod Mustard Lesquerella gordonii/ Mustard Family April 1, 2005 - Sedona, AZ


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23 <strong>Barrel Cactus </strong>
<em>Ferocactus wislizenii</em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ<br>
Unfortunately, I was too early to see these plants in bloom, they have a pretty "crown" of flowers.

Barrel Cactus Ferocactus wislizenii March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
Unfortunately, I was too early to see these plants in bloom, they have a pretty "crown" of flowers.

Barrel Cactus Ferocactus wislizenii March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
Unfortunately, I was too early to see these plants in bloom, they have a pretty "crown" of flowers.
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24 Barrel Cactus spines

Barrel Cactus spines

Barrel Cactus spines 1905
25 Cactus spines
Opuntia sp.<br>
The long white spines are not what cause the problems for the unwary hiker, it's the tiny brown <em>glochids</em> that stick into the skin and cause so much pain.

Cactus spines Opuntia sp.
The long white spines are not what cause the problems for the unwary hiker, it's the tiny brown glochids that stick into the skin and cause so much pain.

Cactus spines Opuntia sp.
The long white spines are not what cause the problems for the unwary hiker, it's the tiny brown glochids that stick into the skin and cause so much pain.
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26 <strong>Staghorn Cholla</strong>
<em>Opuntia versicolor</em> / Cactus Family
March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ<br>
I found this pretty Cholla flower blooming along the trail at Thunderbird Park, a city park in Glendale.

Staghorn Cholla Opuntia versicolor / Cactus Family March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ
I found this pretty Cholla flower blooming along the trail at Thunderbird Park, a city park in Glendale.

Staghorn Cholla Opuntia versicolor / Cactus Family March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ
I found this pretty Cholla flower blooming along the trail at Thunderbird Park, a city park in Glendale.


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27 <strong>Teddybear Cholla</strong>
<em>Opuntia bigelovii</em>
March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ<br>
As one of my field guides stated, "This is one Teddybear you wouldn't want to hug!" The plant looks almost fuzzy from a distance, but it shows its true ch...

Teddybear Cholla Opuntia bigelovii March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ
As one of my field guides stated, "This is one Teddybear you wouldn't want to hug!" The plant looks almost fuzzy from a distance, but it shows its true ch...

Teddybear Cholla Opuntia bigelovii March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ
As one of my field guides stated, "This is one Teddybear you wouldn't want to hug!" The plant looks almost fuzzy from a distance, but it shows its true character up close! It was not yet in bloom.
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28 <strong>Chia</strong>
<em>Salvia columbariae</em> / Mint Family
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ<br>
I don't know if this is the source of the Chia seeds that are planted on the Chia Heads(TM) in those irritating "Ch-ch-ch-chia" commercials at Christ...

Chia Salvia columbariae / Mint Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
I don't know if this is the source of the Chia seeds that are planted on the Chia Heads(TM) in those irritating "Ch-ch-ch-chia" commercials at Christ...

Chia Salvia columbariae / Mint Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
I don't know if this is the source of the Chia seeds that are planted on the Chia Heads(TM) in those irritating "Ch-ch-ch-chia" commercials at Christmastime! It is interesting how the flowers bloom in the spiky-looking balls at the top of the plant.


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29 <strong>Desert Wishbone Bush</strong>
<em>Mirabilis bigelovii</em> / Four-O'clock Family
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ<br>
This plant was blooming when I saw it in the morning at the beginning of the hike, three hours later the flowers had closed.

Desert Wishbone Bush Mirabilis bigelovii / Four-O'clock Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
This plant was blooming when I saw it in the morning at the beginning of the hike, three hours later the flowers had closed.

Desert Wishbone Bush Mirabilis bigelovii / Four-O'clock Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
This plant was blooming when I saw it in the morning at the beginning of the hike, three hours later the flowers had closed.


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30 <strong>Ephedra</strong>
<em>Ephedra trifurca</em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ<br>

Ephedra Ephedra trifurca March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Ephedra Ephedra trifurca March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ



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31 This hillside along Hwy. 87 was covered with Saguaro cactus and Brittlebush.

This hillside along Hwy. 87 was covered with Saguaro cactus and Brittlebush.

This hillside along Hwy. 87 was covered with Saguaro cactus and Brittlebush. 1927
32 <strong>Fairy Duster</strong>
<em>Calliandra eriophylla</em> / Pea Family
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ<br>
The genus name means "beautiful anthers." I was excited to see these unusual flowers, they are related to the Mimosa.

Fairy Duster Calliandra eriophylla / Pea Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
The genus name means "beautiful anthers." I was excited to see these unusual flowers, they are related to the Mimosa.

Fairy Duster Calliandra eriophylla / Pea Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
The genus name means "beautiful anthers." I was excited to see these unusual flowers, they are related to the Mimosa.


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33 <strong>Flat-top Buckwheat</strong>
<em>Eriogonum fasciculatum</em> / Buckwheat Family
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ<br>

Flat-top Buckwheat Eriogonum fasciculatum / Buckwheat Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Flat-top Buckwheat Eriogonum fasciculatum / Buckwheat Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ



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34 <strong>Fiddleneck</strong>
<em>Amsinckia intermedia</em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
This is a very common wildflower in the Sonoran desert. Fiddleneck is harmful to pigs, cattle, and horses is eaten.

Fiddleneck Amsinckia intermedia March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ This is a very common wildflower in the Sonoran desert. Fiddleneck is harmful to pigs, cattle, and horses is eaten.

Fiddleneck Amsinckia intermedia March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ This is a very common wildflower in the Sonoran desert. Fiddleneck is harmful to pigs, cattle, and horses is eaten.


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35 <strong>Odora</strong>
<em>Porophyllum gracile</em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
This composite has all disk flowers.

Odora Porophyllum gracile March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ This composite has all disk flowers.

Odora Porophyllum gracile March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ This composite has all disk flowers.


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36 <strong>Broad-leaved Gilia</strong>
<em>Gilia latiflolia</em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
These are very pretty little blue flowers. I found them blooming along the trailside in the park.

Broad-leaved Gilia Gilia latiflolia March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ These are very pretty little blue flowers. I found them blooming along the trailside in the park.

Broad-leaved Gilia Gilia latiflolia March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ These are very pretty little blue flowers. I found them blooming along the trailside in the park.


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37 I had to be careful hiking on the trail at Cave Creek due to the numerous kinds of cacti! No squatting down for a closer look or to get a better picture here! 
Photo by Cynda

I had to be careful hiking on the trail at Cave Creek due to the numerous kinds of cacti! No squatting down for a closer look or to get a better picture here! Photo by Cynda

I had to be careful hiking on the trail at Cave Creek due to the numerous kinds of cacti! No squatting down for a closer look or to get a better picture here! Photo by Cynda 1964
38 <strong>Paleface Larkspur </strong>
<em>Delphinium parishii</em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Paleface Larkspur Delphinium parishii March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Paleface Larkspur Delphinium parishii March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ


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39 <strong>Thunderbird Park</strong> is a city park located in Glendale, north of Phoenix. The trail goes to the top of the ridge, an ancient lava flow. This is a very popular park with joggers and hikers. South Mountain is visible in the distance, it als...

Thunderbird Park is a city park located in Glendale, north of Phoenix. The trail goes to the top of the ridge, an ancient lava flow. This is a very popular park with joggers and hikers. South Mountain is visible in the distance, it als...

Thunderbird Park is a city park located in Glendale, north of Phoenix. The trail goes to the top of the ridge, an ancient lava flow. This is a very popular park with joggers and hikers. South Mountain is visible in the distance, it also has a large city park. map... 2287
40 <strong>Saguaro cactus</strong>
<em>Cereus giganteus</em>
March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ<br>
This stately old cactus was growing in Thunderbird Park. I had not expected to see so many Saguaros in the Phoenix area. They seem to have very specific grow...

Saguaro cactus Cereus giganteus March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ
This stately old cactus was growing in Thunderbird Park. I had not expected to see so many Saguaros in the Phoenix area. They seem to have very specific grow...

Saguaro cactus Cereus giganteus March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ
This stately old cactus was growing in Thunderbird Park. I had not expected to see so many Saguaros in the Phoenix area. They seem to have very specific growth requirements, I noticed they suddenly quit growing above a certain elevation and they only grew on certain sides of hills. It takes up to 50 years before a saguaro can grow its first arms, so it is obvious this cactus is quite old.
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41 <strong>Desert Tobacco</strong>
<em>Nicotiana trigonophylla</em>
March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ<br>
I found these flowers blooming along the trail in Thunderbird Park. My guess would be that these are moth or butterfly-pollinated flowers. Like the "E...

Desert Tobacco Nicotiana trigonophylla March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ
I found these flowers blooming along the trail in Thunderbird Park. My guess would be that these are moth or butterfly-pollinated flowers. Like the "E...

Desert Tobacco Nicotiana trigonophylla March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ
I found these flowers blooming along the trail in Thunderbird Park. My guess would be that these are moth or butterfly-pollinated flowers. Like the "Evil Weed" cigarette tobacco, one of the (unfortunately!) main cash crops of Tennessee, this wildflower contains the toxins nicotine and pyridine. Do those two chemicals and insecticides sound familiar?! Why anyone would intentionally want to inhale a deadly poison (along with about 4000 other chemicals) is beyond my comprehension!


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42 <strong>Chuparosa; Hummingbird Bush</strong>
<em>Beloperone californica</em>
March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ<br>
Since hummingbirds are attracted to red flowers, these flowers are among their favorites.

Chuparosa; Hummingbird Bush Beloperone californica March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ
Since hummingbirds are attracted to red flowers, these flowers are among their favorites.

Chuparosa; Hummingbird Bush Beloperone californica March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ
Since hummingbirds are attracted to red flowers, these flowers are among their favorites.


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43 <strong>Mexican Poppy</strong>
<em>Eschscholzia californica mexicana</em>
March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ<br>
These pretty poppies can carpet hillsides in lovely gold.

Mexican Poppy Eschscholzia californica mexicana March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ
These pretty poppies can carpet hillsides in lovely gold.

Mexican Poppy Eschscholzia californica mexicana March 30, 2005 - Glendale, AZ
These pretty poppies can carpet hillsides in lovely gold.


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44 <strong>Mexican Poppy</strong>

Mexican Poppy

Mexican Poppy 1870
45 <strong>Desert Anemone</strong>
<em>Anemone tuberosa</em>
March 31, 2005 - Payson, AZ<br>
I found these pretty pale pink flowers blooming at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park in Payson.

Desert Anemone Anemone tuberosa March 31, 2005 - Payson, AZ
I found these pretty pale pink flowers blooming at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park in Payson.

Desert Anemone Anemone tuberosa March 31, 2005 - Payson, AZ
I found these pretty pale pink flowers blooming at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park in Payson.


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46 <strong>Purple Owl's Clover</strong> close-up
<em>Orthocarpus purpurascens</em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Purple Owl's Clover close-up Orthocarpus purpurascens March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Purple Owl's Clover close-up Orthocarpus purpurascens March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ


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47 <strong>Purple Owl's Clover</strong>
<em>Orthocarpus purpurascens</em> / Snapdragon Family
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ<br>
This was one of my "target" flowers. I was happy to get to add it to my life-list. The bracts and flowers are a beautiful ...

Purple Owl's Clover Orthocarpus purpurascens / Snapdragon Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
This was one of my "target" flowers. I was happy to get to add it to my life-list. The bracts and flowers are a beautiful ...

Purple Owl's Clover Orthocarpus purpurascens / Snapdragon Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ
This was one of my "target" flowers. I was happy to get to add it to my life-list. The bracts and flowers are a beautiful magenta color. The individual flowers have a bright yellow nectar guide which fades to orange after pollination. These plants are semi-parasitic on the roots of other plants. There are large patches of Owl's Clover in many areas coloring them with a beautiful pink hue.
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48 <strong>Fremont's Pincushion</strong>
<em>Chaenactis fremontii</em>
Cynda was so patient to stop along the highway when I spotted something new. I found these growing along Highway 87 as we drove north to Payson.

Fremont's Pincushion Chaenactis fremontii Cynda was so patient to stop along the highway when I spotted something new. I found these growing along Highway 87 as we drove north to Payson.

Fremont's Pincushion Chaenactis fremontii Cynda was so patient to stop along the highway when I spotted something new. I found these growing along Highway 87 as we drove north to Payson.


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49 <strong>Scarlet Globemallow</strong>
<em>Sphaeralcea ambigua</em> / Mallow Family
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Scarlet Globemallow Sphaeralcea ambigua / Mallow Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Scarlet Globemallow Sphaeralcea ambigua / Mallow Family March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ


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50 <strong>Scarlet Bugler</strong>
<em>Penstemon sublatus</em>
This was another one of those plants that Cynda pulled off the side of the road for me to photograph!

Scarlet Bugler Penstemon sublatus This was another one of those plants that Cynda pulled off the side of the road for me to photograph!

Scarlet Bugler Penstemon sublatus This was another one of those plants that Cynda pulled off the side of the road for me to photograph!


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51 Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is near Payson, AZ.
<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=34.402377,-111.321716&spn=1.167055,2.502136&z=9&om=1&msid=111048428162997367442.00044318574c7b76a58f4"> map...</a>

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is near Payson, AZ. map...

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is near Payson, AZ. map... 4245
52 Camp Verde, AZ can be seen far in the distance. "Verde" means green in Spanish, it may be a bit greener than some of the other areas if there has been a lot of rain.

Camp Verde, AZ can be seen far in the distance. "Verde" means green in Spanish, it may be a bit greener than some of the other areas if there has been a lot of rain.

Camp Verde, AZ can be seen far in the distance. "Verde" means green in Spanish, it may be a bit greener than some of the other areas if there has been a lot of rain. 2163
53 <strong>White Thorn Acacia </strong>
<em>Acacia constricta</em>
This small tree is a common landscape plant in the Phoenix area. I liked the little puffball flowers. :)

White Thorn Acacia Acacia constricta This small tree is a common landscape plant in the Phoenix area. I liked the little puffball flowers. :)

White Thorn Acacia Acacia constricta This small tree is a common landscape plant in the Phoenix area. I liked the little puffball flowers. :)


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54 Approaching Sedona, AZ

Approaching Sedona, AZ

Approaching Sedona, AZ 1883
55 Sedona is famous for its' beautiful red rocks.

Sedona is famous for its' beautiful red rocks.

Sedona is famous for its' beautiful red rocks. 1899
56 Cynda's husband, Alan, took me to Sedona the final day of my trip. It was a spectacular trip!

Cynda's husband, Alan, took me to Sedona the final day of my trip. It was a spectacular trip!

Cynda's husband, Alan, took me to Sedona the final day of my trip. It was a spectacular trip! 1758
57 This tiny, but spectacular cathedral was built between the red rocks in Sedona. It would be hard to concentrate on the words of the preacher or priest having such a breathtaking view out the windows of the sanctuary!

This tiny, but spectacular cathedral was built between the red rocks in Sedona. It would be hard to concentrate on the words of the preacher or priest having such a breathtaking view out the windows of the sanctuary!

This tiny, but spectacular cathedral was built between the red rocks in Sedona. It would be hard to concentrate on the words of the preacher or priest having such a breathtaking view out the windows of the sanctuary! 3331
58 A long-distance view from atop the Sedona mesa. Some people believe there is a powerful magnetic energy field located on this mesa called a "vortex". I didn't feel anything when I was up there! I guess I'm just not New Age enough! :)
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A long-distance view from atop the Sedona mesa. Some people believe there is a powerful magnetic energy field located on this mesa called a "vortex". I didn't feel anything when I was up there! I guess I'm just not New Age enough! :)

A long-distance view from atop the Sedona mesa. Some people believe there is a powerful magnetic energy field located on this mesa called a "vortex". I didn't feel anything when I was up there! I guess I'm just not New Age enough! :) map... 2154
59 <strong>Brown-eyed Evening Primrose</strong>
<em>Camissonia claviformis</em>
March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Brown-eyed Evening Primrose Camissonia claviformis March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Brown-eyed Evening Primrose Camissonia claviformis March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park


clr: 3-p
2462
60 <strong>Fremont's Barberry</strong>
<em>Berberis fremontii</em>
March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Fremont's Barberry Berberis fremontii March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Fremont's Barberry Berberis fremontii March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park


clr: 5-y
2546
61 <strong>Gregg Ceanothus</strong>
<em>Ceanothus greggii</em>
March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Gregg Ceanothus Ceanothus greggii March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Gregg Ceanothus Ceanothus greggii March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park


clr: 1-w
2563
62 This moth had a few people in a Sedona garden a bit confused, they thought they were photographing a really small hummingbird! :) I said I had never seen a hummingbird with antennae!

This moth had a few people in a Sedona garden a bit confused, they thought they were photographing a really small hummingbird! :) I said I had never seen a hummingbird with antennae!

This moth had a few people in a Sedona garden a bit confused, they thought they were photographing a really small hummingbird! :) I said I had never seen a hummingbird with antennae! 2034
63 Sphinx moth

Sphinx moth

Sphinx moth 1780
64 Coulter's Lupine and Desert Marigold along Hwy. 87.

Coulter's Lupine and Desert Marigold along Hwy. 87.

Coulter's Lupine and Desert Marigold along Hwy. 87. 1921
65 <strong>Narrow-leaved Popcornflower</strong>
<em>Cryptantha angustifolia</em>
March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Narrow-leaved Popcornflower Cryptantha angustifolia March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Narrow-leaved Popcornflower Cryptantha angustifolia March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park


clr: 1-w
2568
66 <strong>Ocotillo</strong>
<em>Fouquieria splendens</em>
Hummingbirds are attracted to the red flowers of the Ocotillo. This plant was growing in the front yard of a home in my friend's neighborhood.

Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens Hummingbirds are attracted to the red flowers of the Ocotillo. This plant was growing in the front yard of a home in my friend's neighborhood.

Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens Hummingbirds are attracted to the red flowers of the Ocotillo. This plant was growing in the front yard of a home in my friend's neighborhood.


clr: 2-r
3051
67 <strong>Blue Phacelia</strong>
<em>Phacelia distans</em>
March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Blue Phacelia Phacelia distans March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ

Blue Phacelia Phacelia distans March 29, 2005 - Cave Creek, AZ


clr: 8-v
2870
68 <strong>Mexican Verbena </strong>
<em>Verbena ciliata</em>
March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Mexican Verbena Verbena ciliata March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Mexican Verbena Verbena ciliata March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park


clr: 8-v
3298
69 <strong>Wright's Deervetch</strong>
<em>Lotus wrightii</em>
March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Wright's Deervetch Lotus wrightii March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Wright's Deervetch Lotus wrightii March 31, 2005 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park


clr: 5-y
2890

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