Wildflowers are in brilliant bloom in the mountains — bolstered by the monsoon.
Mountain wildflowers are blooming brilliantly in the rain-washed Catalina Mountains as the monsoon kicks into high gear. Does anyone know what kind of flower this is — blooming now near Molino Canyon? Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has canceled a popular bat-observation program.
Wildlife officials warn of the dangers of baby wild animals.
A onetime Tucson guest ranch that attracted many celebrities is for sale.
Distant finger rock is framed by the almost circular strands of a dead saguaro. Photo taken 1/31/10.
In these sweltering days of early summer, many Tucsonans escape to nearby states with less intense heat. Here’s a cooling view from Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park last week. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.
Spring is over, but some palo verde trees are blooming into summer.
Another palo verde tree, along Alamo Wash near Fort Lowell Road, shows off its yellow blooms.
These dazzling blooms added color to a palo verde tree near the Rillito River at Craycroft Road. These photos were taken Wednesday.
Paper-thin flowers on a palo verde tree along Alamo Wash near Fort Lowell Road. Photo taken June 18, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
This palo verde tree near the Rillito River at Craycroft Road is all blooms and buds this week — long after most palo verde trees in the Tucson area have ceased to bloom for the season. Some varieties of the prickly, colorful plants can bloom into the summer even as temperatures soar into th…
An old stone house west of Tucson is prized for its history.
These cloud formations, sometimes known as mackerel sky, graced the Tucson area early Wednesday morning. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.
It wasn't exactly a monsoon downpour, but raindrops fell onto car windows at this Craycroft and River Road intersection Tuesday morning. Any sprinkles where you are? Photo by Doug Kreutz
Catalina State Park is home to more than 5,000 saguaros like the ones shown here.
These are the remains of an old stone house built in the Tucson Mountains by onetime Arizona Daily Star city editor Sherry Bowen in the 1930s. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
These are the remains of a stone house built in the Tucson Mountains by onetime Arizona Daily Star city editor Sherry Bowen in the 1930s. Today, it’s still accessible by foot.
The monsoon — Tucson’s summer rainy season — begins Sunday, and here’s a splash of good news for our drought-stricken area: Weather experts say we could see more rain than normal.
They are often called century plants, but they don’t live for 100 years — not even close.
There’s a reason agave stalks look a bit like asparagus spears. The plants belong to the Asparagaceae family.
Century plants produce abundant, colorful blooms. Photo taken June 9, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
The Santa Cruz River is flowing vigorously near West Ina Road and for miles to the northwest even as Tucson withers in triple-digit heat.
Popular Sabino Canyon northeast of Tucson typically has three types of weather in June: hot, very hot and let’s-not-even-talk-about-it hot.
Upper Sabino Canyon high in the Catalina Mountains teems with wildlife from black bears to birds and butterflies.
Saguaros are “blooming like gangbusters” this spring — producing far more of their brilliant white blooms than in recent years, plant experts say.
These big, brilliant blooms were seen on a saguaro in Sabino Canyon near Tucson. Photo taken June 3, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Freezing weather inhibited spring flowering the past three years. For the big cacti, this might be the occasion to “use it or lose it.”
A rare crested saguaro in Sabino Canyon near Tucson has plenty of blooms and buds this spring. Photo taken June 3, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
A bird seems to be scoping out the blooms and buds on a crested saguaro in Sabino Canyon near Tucson. Photo take June 3, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Here’s a photo especially for Star reader Theresa Paszkiewicz, who is savoring this spring’s extravagant saguaro bloom along with many of the rest of us. This saguaro overachiever was not only bursting with blooms Monday morning but is clearly preparing for a flurry of flowers in the coming …
Oracle State Park might soon be known for its dark nights and starry skies as well as its sunny days and scenic landscapes.
The historic Kannally Ranch House at Oracle State Park is open for tours on weekends. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
The historic Kannally Ranch House and scenic landscapes are among the daylight attractions to Oracle State Park, which might soon also be known for its dark nights.
Drivers passing this hillside near Sonoita might wonder why the cowboy and his cattle aren’t moving. Answer: They’re metal sculptures. Home on the faux range. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.
Spot Oracle State Park’s scenery along the Granite Overlook Trail during the day and stars galore at night.
Walkers, runners and bicyclists now can travel a continuous five-mile segment of The Loop recreational trail in Oro Valley — all the way from La Cañada Drive to Tangerine Road.
Caterpillars housed in web tents, like the one above, are among the wildlife along the trail.
A broad trail winds through the forests of Upper Sabino Canyon in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
A shallow pool reflects the trunks of trees. Much of the spring water from the canyon is collected in tanks.
Hikers amble in the sylvan beauty of Upper Sabino Canyon high in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. It’s perched a vertical mile above the heat of the desert.
Butterfly enthusiast Doug Mullins finds colorful species that he sometimes collects and keeps for breeding.
Bursts of yellow flowers in brilliant bloom contrast and complement the canyon’s green firs, ferns and grasses.
Mountain grasses and unfurling ferns in the canyon help create a refreshing retreat from the city heat.
Here's a slice of the splendid scenery near Sonoita over the Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.
Black bears became active earlier than usual in Southeastern Arizona this year, and some of the big critters are posing problems for people, state wildlife officials say.
Views include lots of native vegetation, birds and craggy ridges of the Catalina Mountains. North Oracle Road is in the background.A cyclist crosses a bridge on a segment of The Loop recreational trail near Oro Valley Marketplace, with North Oracle Road and the Catalina Mountains in the back…
Lots of cyclists use the trail near the Oro Valley Marketplace for training and recreational rides. With the completion of the 0.7-mile stretch of new trail, they can now travel uninterrupted from La Cañada Drive to Tangerine Road.
The Oro Valley trail segment features a picnic ramada for cyclists and pedestrians.
A cyclist pedals along The Loop recreational trail near the Oro Valley Marketplace. Photo taken May 23, 2014.