I went on an amazing 8 mile hike in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve this morning (Sunday) and saw lots of Wildflowers including several fields of Poppies! This collage shows most of what we saw but not all. Unfortunately for the flowers, there doesn’t seem to be any rain in sight so this might be all the wildflowers we get 🙁
Wild Rhubarb at Yankee Boy Basin last month.
Yet another shot of Cutleaf Coneflower.
Wild Bergamot also known as Bee Balm was thick in places along the Schultz Creek Trail.
creature this morning. This time a (barely visible) Crab Spider on a Datura bloom. I captured him hand held with a Canon 24-105mm lens at 105mm. To achieve closer focus, I attached a 500D close-up lens. It doesn’t equate to a true macro lens but works well as an alternative to switching lenses.
I loved this shot of an Atlantis Fritillary (Speyeria atlantis) and decided I would play up the dreamy look by intentionally de-focusing.
An overcast day really made the Western Sneezeweed and Larkspur (Delphinium) stand out on the Aspen Nature Loop. I added a little soft focus.
I captured this White butterfly on the Shultz Tank trail. A gorgeous but extremely difficult butterfly to photograph. They won’t sit still! Thanks to Tom H for the identity. It’s a Pine White. That’s what I thought but the orange edging confused me. I found out today that the female has orange. Thanks to my Cazba(.org) friends!