Ranger Cam2008 Ranger Cam

This is the Wildflower Ranger Cam archive from 2008. See beautiful wildflower pictures from many Arizona State Parks. See current Ranger Cam

Catalina State Park

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Catalina State Park  Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park  Catalina State Park
This season's wildflower bloom at Catalina State Park will be over by the end of April. The usual cacti bloom will follow, but there are only a few hedgehogs flowering at this point. Poppies and lupine along the main road into the park (top left). Desert marigolds blooming along the roadways (top right). There are also a few isolated penstemon plants to be found still (bottom left). Blooms are rapidly waning, but there are still some isolated patches here and there. Some of the best remaining poppy patches are along park roads (bottom right).

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park  Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park  Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
Clockwise from top left: Mariposa lily (Calochortus kennedyi), Larkspur (Delphinium nelsonii), Desert Phlox, (Phlox tenuifolia), Evening Primrose (Oenothera primiveris).

This is the week to see vivid Mariposa lilies, according to Park Manager Tracy Hanley — who adds that Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park has peak color in the demonstration garden, and an extraordinarily rare plant with green flowers soon to bloom near the Desert Legume Garden. Hanley suggests visitors can learn about wildflowers on the guided 1:00 p.m. daily walks of the main trail. Walks last an hour or two, they are guided by Arizona State Parks volunteers, and included with daily admission of $7.50, or $3 for ages 5-12. Collared lizards are done hibernating, too, and basking on rocks at this elevation!

What else is blooming? Park Manager Hanley says to watch for white-flowering four o'clock (Mirabilis bigelovii), Larkspur, Parry's penstemon, desert marigold, Mormon tea and other varieties while walking the Main Trail from Silver King Wash through the Cactus Garden, up past Ayer Lake and down below the Picketpost Mansion for the best array of wildflower color. Dozens of other species are blooming in these areas. Watch for purple bladderpod (Lesquerella purpurea) and also Clasping Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule); Papago lily, and Mustard Evening Primrose (Camissonia californica). Wild cucumber (Marah gilensis) are still flowering with little star-shaped white blossoms. The Arboretum is near highway 60 milepost #223, about one hour due east of Phoenix as you approach the historic copper-mining town of Superior. For more details visit this park's expanded website.

Catalina State Park

Thursday, April 5th, 2008

Catalina State Park  Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park  Catalina State Park
Wildflower bloom is at its peak at Catalina State Park. Most colorful show is brittlebush in the foothills along the 50-Year Trail (top left). The hillside along Canyon Loop Trail is also covered in brittlebush (top right). Wild heliotrope and fiddleneck along the Canyon Loop Trail (bottom left). Other scattered blooms along various trails include gold poppies, evening primrose, globe mallow, desert mariposa lily, penstemon, toad flax, filaree, and many others. Finally, Lupine along Canyon Loop Trail (bottom right). Visit soon to enjoy these flowers.

Catalina State Park

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Catalina State Park  Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park  Catalina State Park
Wildflowers are still blooming at Catalina State Park. Brittlebush is in full bloom on the Sutherland Trail (top left). Brittlebush is also in bloom on the 50-Year Trail (top right) along with scattered poppies and lupine (bottom left). Brittlebush blooms are abundant along several park trails in the foothills of the Catalinas, along with poppies, lupine, toad flax, blue dicks, desert marigold and evening primrose (bottom right).

Picacho Peak State Park

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Picacho Peak State Park  Picacho Peak State Park
Picacho Peak State Park has reached the end of the desert wildflower bloom. We are now seeing the cactus beginning to bloom, with the Hedgehog cactus blooming now. The brittle bush, creosote bush, and desert marigold are in bloom throughout the park.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park  Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park  Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
Clockwise from top left: Bladderpod, Globemallow, Red Mint, & Fairy Duster.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is approaching peak color! Park Manager Tracy Hanley predicts peak color during this final week of March and first half of April at the Arboretum near highway 60 milepost #223, about one hour due east of Phoenix as you approach the historic copper-mining town of Superior. Scorpionweed (Phacelia distans), Peppergrass (Lepidium lasiocarpum), and four o'clock (Mirabilis bigelovii) are in trailside thickets this week along with vivid penstemons, desert marigolds and also apricot globemallow. There are still a few ragged rock flower (Crossosoma bigelovii), desert lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus) and other species in bloom. Hanley also reports that groundskeeper Gonzalo Ruiz predicts Mariposa Lilies will flower above the South American collections near Ayer Lake during April.

Learn about wildflowers on a guided hike! Arizona Native Plants Society member Cass Blodgett guides a wildflower walk at 12:00 p.m. March 29 and Terry Stone leads one March 30. Future walks are April 2, 5, 6. Walks are included with daily admission of $7.50 (or $3 for ages 5-12).

What else is blooming at BTA? Park Manager Tracy Hanley suggests walking the Arboretum's Main Trail from Silver King Wash through the Cactus Garden, up past Ayer Lake and down below the Picketpost Mansion to find the most abundant wildflower color. Parry's penstemon, desert marigold, jojoba, Mormon tea and a dozen other species are blooming in these areas. Watch for purple bladderpod (Lesquerella purpurea) and also Clasping Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule); Papago lily, and Mustard Evening Primrose (Camissonia californica). Wild cucumber (Marah gilensis) are still flowering with little star-shaped white blossoms. For more details visit this park's expanded website.

Lost Dutchman State Park

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Lost Dutchman State Park  Lost Dutchman State Park
A sea of yellow brittlebush blankets the hillsides of the Superstition Mountains at Lost Dutchman State Park, with common fiddleneck, lupine, desert wishbone-bush, and chicory also being spotted. Poppies were spotted higher up the trails in the park.

Oracle State Park

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Oracle State Park  Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park  Oracle State Park
Over 30 wildflower species are currently blooming at Oracle State Park. Chicory shows beautiful white flowers (top left). Several varieties of mustard are blooming, including London Rocket, Stiffarm Rockcress, Tansy Leaf Mustard and Lacepod Mustard (top right). Fringed Gromwell is in bloom with yellow, purple, and white adding color along the Bellota Trail (bottom left). Yellow Bladderpod carpets the hillside, with a view of the Catalina Mountains (bottom right).

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