written by Paul R. Jorgenson - Copyright 2001-2011
Arizona Wildflowers 2001

by Paul R. Jorgenson

The wet fall and winter that Arizona has enjoyed during 2000-2001 has led to a profusion of wildflowers. Some that I have talked to say that there are flowers out this spring that have not been seen in 80 to 100 years. I do know for sure that they are the best in at least 20 years.

I have been searching every year for the past 14 years for some GREAT wildflower pictures to take. I have hiked many miles looking for the valleys that would yield the photos that I had in my mind. Finally this spring I am rewarded.

A work flight right after the latest round of rains, allowed me to see areas where there was giant sprays of wildflower color amidst the green desert. I set off to make photographs of some of those places.

The first series of photos is taken north east of Phoenix with my 35mm camera using Agfa film, near Seven Springs, Arizona.
They show lots of orange poppies, mixed with blue lupin, and some unusual white poppies.

The second series of photos is taken in the Superstition Mountains Wilderness in the Tonto National Forest. They were taken with my 4"x5" camera mounted on a big tripod. The whole arrangement fits inside or is strapped to my backpack and weighs about 35 pounds. The hike to get these photos was about 2 1/2 miles round trip. The flowers included here also include the orange poppies, the blue lupin, and the yellow brittlebrush.

I have made englargments of many of these photos. The scans hardly do justice to the original photos, but give you an idea of the scene.
Let me know if you want a copy.

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Created 26 March 2001.
Updated 17 November 2011
Copyright 2001-2011 by Paul R. Jorgenson