Mar 022008

The flowers at Ironwood Forest National Monument aren’t bad. The flowers at Picacho Peak State Park are absolutely amazing. Below are 17 glimpses of my morning hike with my older daughter. There are a total of 63 colorful images over in the gallery, too.

Sunrise over a low peak adjacent to Picacho Peak, itself about 40 miles northwest of Tucson. This first set of photos is taken with my new 10-20mm wide-angle lens, which is awesome!

My older daughter (the younger lass, alas, is under the weather) on the trail up to the peak.

And her old man, smiling but—with eyes hidden in shadow—perhaps a bit shifty?

The older rascalian, again. We had pretty amazing clouds in addition to flowers this morning.

Poppies and a dramatic view as we climb the trail to the peak.

A more horizontal view. There are saguaros and other cacti a plenty at the park.

For example, these teddy bear cholla.

The patches of Mexican gold-poppies, desert lupine, fiddleneck, desert chicory, and wild heliotrope were fairly stunning.

But here’s one of my favorite flowers (and a wildflower, at that)!

Switching to the trusty ol’ macro lens now. What a difference a good lens makes!

Poppies among Picacho’s volcanic soil.

Found composition: cholla joint, poppies, verbena bloom (or filaree, an exotic, perhaps), and more.

Mexican gold-poppies and desert lupine.

Desert chicory; not as plentify as the others, but stunning nonetheless.

Fiddleneck among poppies and lupine, with hedgehog cactus in the background.

Wahoooooo for wildflowers!

Not a bad way to spend to spend the morning, indeed!

View all 63 of the Picacho Peak wildflower photos now.

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