Yellow-orange caltrops are also called summer poppies. These were in the Tucson Mountains.
Barrel cactus blooms can be either red-orange or green-yellow.
Pincushion cacti flowers are brilliant pink.
A trip into the Tucson Mountains west of the city brings into view hillsides that are uncharacteristically green for this time of year, thanks to bountiful monsoon rainstorms.
The Sonoran Desert is showing off with a sort of "second spring" this month, thanks to repeated dousings from monsoon rains. Clumps of wildflowers dot the landscape, cacti are blooming brightly, and hillsides are cloaked in lush green growth smack in the heart of the hot desert summer.
A Trichocereus - the "Flying Saucer" - blooms in Mark Tylutki's yard. He converted his water-gulping landscape to a desert garden.
The front yard of Mark Tylutki's and Karen Campbell's Sam Hughes home has been converted from lawns to a colorful desert garden.
A hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus viereckii) blooms at Mark Tylutki's home.
An Echinocereus eachinopsis shows off its spring colors.
Harrisia jusberti is one type of night-blooming cereus.
Trichocereus is a popular cactus for use in desert landscapes.
"I absolutely get joy looking at it,''says Karen Campbell of the cactus garden. An orange Trichocereus is shown.
Mark Tylutki knows all of his desert garden babies by name. There is Trichocereus Flying Saucer, with a glorious pink bloom. There's tall and twisty Pedilanthus macrocarpus and Harrisia jusbertii, with stunning white blossoms that smell faintly of honeysuckle and vanilla.
This is Arizona. Eat your hearts out, New Yorkers.
Arizona is well-known for its sunsets, and this one, seen from
Saguaro National Park West, silhouettes saguaro and ocotillo.
One of the highlights of teh Southern Arizona monsoon is the
annual bloom night of the cereus cactus, Peniocereus greggii,
better known as "Queen of the Night."
One of the highlights of monsoon is the annual bloom night of
the cereus cactus, Peniocereus greggii, better known as "Queen of
the Night." Tohono Chul Park, which has the largest private
collection of this cactus in the United States, keeps us all
updated on when this special night will happen.
Armed with flashlights and cameras, crowds gather at Tohono Chul Park to view the yearly one night only night blooming cereus.