A self-taught watercolor artist, I've been painting for 30+ years using techniques gleaned from other artists, books, videos and practice.
Photographing Arizona Desert Wildflowers
Winter visitors to the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona enjoy the endlessly sunny skies and dry desert air. By late February and into March and April the desert comes alive with cacti in bloom and tiny desert wildflowers nestled among the rocks and crevasses.
Camping in the Imperial Dam Recreation area near Yuma, Arizona gave me the opportunity to photograph some of the beautiful flowers of the desert as they came into bloom.
Finding Desert Flowers
Hiking in the desert is a joy as each footstep reveals something new. Some flowers, like the yellow brittlebush, are tall and showy, but others are so tiny that they are hidden among the stones on the desert floor. Many desert wildflowers are only visible from a foot or two away. I photographed these with a close-up lens being careful not to trample any of the plants.
While camping at Senator's Wash in the Imperial Dam Recreation Area on the Arizona/California border, we carefully avoided brushing against the beavertail cactus in front of our RV. By mid March, when daytime temperatures were often in the 70° to 80° range, the beavertail cactus was covered in buds. Imagine our delight when our own wild cactus garden near our campsite started blooming with these lovely deep pink blooms. These cactus flowers certainly made a bright spot in our little area of the Arizona desert.
During our walks in the surrounding desert, we often came across other flowers, but our best wildflower hunting expeditions were on the rough back roads that we explored in our little Jeep Wrangler.
Wildflowers of Arizona's Sonoran Desert
Photo Gallery of Arizona's Wildflowers
I hope you've enjoyed this photo gallery of Arizona's Wildflowers as much as I enjoyed shooting them.
Copyright 2010 ©Stephanie Henkel
Lying in gulches, braving snakes and other dangerous wildlife, I took these photos for you to enjoy. But please do not copy these photos without my permission!