Ninety-six desert blooms. This how many wildflowers, and blooming bushes, trees, and cactus I have photographed and identified the last couple of months in Arizona. (There are 30 or more we haven’t IDed yet and yes, there will be a Just Wildflowers 2.)
When I started out photographing wildflowers way back at Buenos Aires NWR in March, I wanted to capture a carpet of flowers like those pictures you see from Anza Borrego State Park every time there is a super bloom, fields of color blanketing the desert floor. It is pretty spectacular. But then one day I took a close up of just one flower and was amazed by its intricacy and design. The spectacle was actually in the details.
Some of these flowers are so incredibly small I would never know they were there if I didn’t see a little hint of color, kneel down, and look at them through my camera lens. And every day during our morning hike I find more. Sometimes it seems like we see something new every five minutes. And each time we turn to each other and ask, “Do we have this one yet?” We usually don’t.
I find so many flowers now, I have decided to give them their own post. So here is a break from the crazy stories, birds, reptiles, trees, and bugs (except for a few pollinators).
And remember next time you go flower hunting, forget about carpets of color and your wide-angle lens, bring your zoom lens, your binoculars, or just squat down with a magnifying glass so you don’t “miss the trees for the forest”.
* All pics are click to enlarge.
Agua Fria National Monument
Prescott National Forest East
Do you have a favorite flower? Or a favorite flower name?