I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Tucson (flying standby to TUS this time of year was serious a gamble – I got lucky and made my flights, but I nearly bit off all my nails waiting for a seat to come home)! I first explored Catalina State Park and then Saguaro National Park (West). Catalina State Park is a gem! The brightly colored wildflowers put on a great show in the desert Southwest. Enjoy.
Calochortus kennedyi – Desert mariposa lily. Catalina State Park, AZ – 09 April 2017. Aren’t they lovely?
Calochortus ambiguus – Doubting mariposa lily. Catalina State Park, AZ – 09 April 2017. This was a surprise find! It appeared to be all by its lonesome, but was on top of a steep hill. I wasn’t about to look over the side.
Flora of Catalina State Park near Tucson, AZ – 09 April 2017.
Saguaro National Park (West) – Hugh Norris trail, 10 April 2017. The Saguaro cacti bloom from late-May through July, but the flowers last for less than a day and the bloom starts in the middle of the night!