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Mountain flowers get a boost from the monsoon

Wildflowers are in brilliant bloom in the mountains — bolstered by the monsoon.

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What's that bloom?

What's that bloom?

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.

July 07, 2014 5:41 pm
Bat-observation program canceled for safety reasons

Bat-observation program canceled for safety reasons

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has canceled a popular bat-observation program.

July 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Officials caution: Leave baby wildlife alone

Officials caution: Leave baby wildlife alone

Wildlife officials warn of the dangers of baby wild animals.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Historic Rancho de Las Lomas up for sale

Historic Rancho de Las Lomas up for sale

A onetime Tucson guest ranch that attracted many celebrities is for sale.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Finger Rock

Finger Rock

Distant finger rock is framed by the almost circular strands of a dead saguaro. Photo taken 1/31/10.

July 03, 2014 11:14 am
Cool escape

Cool escape

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.

July 02, 2014 9:54 am
Palo verde trees still blooming in June

Palo verde trees still blooming in June

Spring is over, but some palo verde trees are blooming into summer.

June 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Blooming palo verde

Blooming palo verde

Another palo verde tree, along Alamo Wash near Fort Lowell Road, shows off its yellow blooms.

June 20, 2014 1:44 pm
Palo verde blooms in June

Palo verde blooms in June

These dazzling blooms added color to a palo verde tree near the Rillito River at Craycroft Road. These photos were taken Wednesday. 

June 20, 2014 1:43 pm
Flowering palo verde tree

Flowering palo verde tree

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

June 20, 2014 1:45 pm
Symphony in yellow

Symphony in yellow

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…

June 19, 2014 11:57 am
Homesteader's 1930s stone house to be recognized

Homesteader's 1930s stone house to be recognized

An old stone house west of Tucson is prized for its history.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mackerel sky

Mackerel sky

These cloud formations, sometimes known as mackerel sky, graced the Tucson area early Wednesday morning. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

June 18, 2014 9:11 am
Raindrops in the morning

Raindrops in the morning

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

June 17, 2014 9:06 am
Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park is home to more than 5,000 saguaros like the ones shown here. 

June 16, 2014 5:29 pm
Stone House in Tucson Mountains

Stone House in Tucson Mountains

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

June 16, 2014 10:43 am
Old Stone House

Old Stone House

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.

June 16, 2014 10:42 am
Monsoon could be wetter than normal

Monsoon could be wetter than normal

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.

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Why agave stalks look a bit like asparagus spears

Why agave stalks look a bit like asparagus spears

They are often called century plants, but they don’t live for 100 years — not even close.

June 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Century plant in bloom

Century plant in bloom

There’s a reason agave stalks look a bit like asparagus spears. The plants belong to the Asparagaceae family.

June 11, 2014 11:50 am
Colorful century plant bloom

Colorful century plant bloom

Century plants produce abundant, colorful blooms. Photo taken June 9, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

June 11, 2014 11:52 am

Santa Cruz River flows and now has fish

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.

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Escape to cool, forested Upper Sabino Canyon

Escape to cool, forested Upper Sabino Canyon

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.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Butterfly in Upper Sabino Canyon

Butterfly in Upper Sabino Canyon

Upper Sabino Canyon high in the Catalina Mountains teems with wildlife from black bears to birds and butterflies.

June 05, 2014 11:26 am
Beaded with blooms, saguaros may be making up for lost time

Beaded with blooms, saguaros may be making up for lost time

Saguaros are “blooming like gangbusters” this spring — producing far more of their brilliant white blooms than in recent years, plant experts say.

June 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Brilliant saguaro blooms

Brilliant saguaro blooms

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

June 04, 2014 3:39 pm
Beaded with blooms, saguaros may be making up for lost time

Beaded with blooms, saguaros may be making up for lost time

Freezing weather inhibited spring flowering the past three years. For the big cacti, this might be the occasion to “use it or lose it.”

June 04, 2014 3:39 pm
Blooms on a crested saguaro

Blooms on a crested saguaro

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

June 03, 2014 2:52 pm
Bird, blooms and buds

Bird, blooms and buds

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

June 03, 2014 2:50 pm
Saguaro in bloom

Saguaro in bloom

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 …

June 02, 2014 10:13 am
Oracle State Park seeks dark skies designation

Oracle State Park seeks dark skies designation

Oracle State Park might soon be known for its dark nights and starry skies as well as its sunny days and scenic landscapes.

May 31, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Kannally Ranch House at Oracle State Park

Kannally Ranch House at Oracle State Park

The historic Kannally Ranch House at Oracle State Park is open for tours on weekends. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

May 30, 2014 11:57 am
Kannally Ranch House at Oracle State Park

Kannally Ranch House at Oracle State Park

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.

May 30, 2014 11:57 am
Home on the faux range

Home on the faux range

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.

May 30, 2014 10:45 am
Oracle State Park scenery

Oracle State Park scenery

Spot Oracle State Park’s scenery along the Granite Overlook Trail during the day and stars galore at night.

May 29, 2014 12:51 pm
The Loop trail gets key Oro Valley link

The Loop trail gets key Oro Valley link

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.

May 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Caterpillars in Upper Sabino

Caterpillars in Upper Sabino

Caterpillars housed in web tents, like the one above, are among the wildlife along the trail.

May 27, 2014 12:04 pm
Trail in Upper Sabino

Trail in Upper Sabino

A broad trail winds through the forests of Upper Sabino Canyon in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

May 27, 2014 12:00 pm
Pool in Upper Sabino

Pool in Upper Sabino

A shallow pool reflects the trunks of trees. Much of the spring water from the canyon is collected in tanks.

May 27, 2014 11:56 am
Hikers in Upper Sabino

Hikers in Upper Sabino

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.

May 27, 2014 11:52 am
Butterfly enthusiast in Upper Sabino

Butterfly enthusiast in Upper Sabino

Butterfly enthusiast Doug Mullins finds colorful species that he sometimes collects and keeps for breeding.

May 27, 2014 11:48 am
Yellow blooms in Upper Sabino

Yellow blooms in Upper Sabino

Bursts of yellow flowers in brilliant bloom contrast and complement the canyon’s green firs, ferns and grasses.

May 27, 2014 11:45 am
Ferns in Upper Sabino

Ferns in Upper Sabino

Mountain grasses and unfurling ferns in the canyon help create a refreshing retreat from the city heat.

May 27, 2014 11:41 am
Splendid scenery near Sonoita

Splendid scenery near Sonoita

Here's a slice of the splendid scenery near Sonoita over the Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

May 27, 2014 9:07 am
Bear sightings increase in Southeastern Arizona

Bear sightings increase in Southeastern Arizona

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.

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Cyclist crosses bridge

Cyclist crosses bridge

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…

May 23, 2014 3:39 pm
Cyclists on The Loop

Cyclists on The Loop

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.

May 23, 2014 3:41 pm
Ramada along The Loop trail

Ramada along The Loop trail

The Oro Valley trail segment features a picnic ramada for cyclists and pedestrians.

May 23, 2014 3:39 pm
Pedaling The Loop trail

Pedaling The Loop trail

A cyclist pedals along The Loop recreational trail near the Oro Valley Marketplace. Photo taken May 23, 2014.

May 23, 2014 1:42 pm

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