Deep-soaking rains across Southern Arizona over the weekend were a “triggering” event for a possibly bountiful wildflower bloom next spring.
It's nice to take visiting family and friends to some of our local attractions. It's nicer to save money while doing it.
Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry recommends that the county wait until 2015 to ask voters to approve millions in new bond projects. Given the financial circumstances of the voters and the county, it makes sense.
The price to see the 230 species of native mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and birds at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is about to go up.
Bats carry rabies. Rabies is fatal. Otherwise, they are wonderful creatures.
Some people seek wealth. Others search for the meaning of life. Bob Cardell? He’s on a quest for yet another quirky cactus.
A Tucson resort this week opened two new exhibits aimed at putting some colorful wonders of the Sonoran Desert on display for its guests.
The residents have spoken. More like they’ve logged on.
The Desert Museum's reptile exhibits are a nifty way to see these animals up close - whether it's snakes or lizards. Many of the animals are more active at night. The visitors above were indoors, so the temperature was especially comfortable. Cool Summer Nights offers an array of programs, i…
Maddie Brown, left, watches as Olivia Irish paints a plaster cast of a paw print during the museum's Cool Summer Nights. Aby VanAlsburg, middle, and Mia Rizzo also were at the table.
The river otter is a visitor favorite, seen through an underwater window. Noel Pannell and daughter Holly watch the otter dive.
As the summer sun goes down, many desert animals emerge, including a Mexican wolf. It's also a good time to look for nighttime pollinators.
James Wirth and his father, John,look at scorpions using a UV flashlight. The insects glow under the light.
It's pretty at a distance and for study. A scorpion glows bright green under ultraviolet light
Summer poppies are misnamed - they're not really in the poppy family but in the same family as the familiar creosote bush. They tend to appear in clumps rather than in vast foral carpets. The ones pictured were found along Gates Pass Road.
Catch a glimpse of a big clump of dazzling summer poppies in the desert and you might think someone had rolled the calendar back to spring.
These cactus blooms at Saguaro Park East are just a sample of the desert's visual feast.
The wildflowers of spring have long since withered away - but this month's monsoon rains have helped nurture a colorful crop of summer desert blooms.