Just Wildflowers 6

July 3 – July 14, 2020. Right now we are camped in North Dakota outside of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. There is color everywhere, a few dots of yellow and purple flowers still line the trails but the biggest swath of color in the landscape is from the golden leaves of the trees. Falls …read more

Just Wildflowers 5

June 10 – July 2, 2020. Today we have another Wordless Wednesday. Although you may see a few words here they are actually data so we aren’t counting them as words. Here is some data: 222 – the number of wildflowers and blooms (from 4 different states) I have documented so far on this site. …read more

Just Wildflowers 4

June 3 – June 7, 2020. I may have found my favorite flower. The columbine. When we were in Bryce Canyon we saw the Blue Columbine, which I thought was very pretty and definitely unique. But while we at Great Basin I spotted a red one, and became intrigued. Probably the first time I ever …read more

Just Wildflowers 3

May 28 – June 2, 2020. I’m pretty sure most people go to Bryce Canyon specifically to see the rocks. And really, they should, the rocks are stunning. But we had lots of wonderful surprises at Bryce that weren’t rocks. The abundance of wildflowers was one of them. At first, I thought all wildflowers at …read more

Just Wildflowers

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 …read more

Eviction Notice

May 6 – May 12, 2020. The first surprise of the day was the naked man. We were walking down a disused road deep in the forest at about 6:30 in the morning when we saw him. From a distance, I thought he wore odd colored clothing – kind of flesh-colored. But as we got …read more

Turning Down the Thermostat

April 27 – May 5, 2020. It was hot in Ajo. Really, really hot. Pushing 100 hot. The giant saguaro cacti were loving it. The intensity of the sun beating down on their recently sprouted green nubs growing out of their spiky extremities was causing them to burst out into amazing white blooms. We, on …read more

The Desert Around Ajo Part 2

This is part 2 of our The Desert Around Ajo post. See part 1 here. April 20 – April 26, 2020. I was looking forward to visiting the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, even though it wasn’t going to be too much different from the 4 days we had just spent camping on BLM land …read more

The Desert Around Ajo Part 1

April 16 – April 20. It was around 3 years ago when we were driving from Gila Bend south to visit Organ Pipe National Monument. The terrain was flat scraggly fields with a few creosote bushes here and there and mountains lining the horizon in the distance. And then suddenly all that disappeared. Flanking the …read more