From the northern part of the state near Page, we went next to Organ Pipe National Monument along the border with Mexico. Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus in foreground; Organ Pipe Cactus in mid ground, at Ajo Mountain.
Usually, Saguaro Cacti bloom at night and are pollenated by bats.
East Saguaro National Park.
Teddy Bear Cholla at sunset.
Organ Pipe National Monument is known for its lack of light pollution. Here, however, we were near a highway and the cacti were rim lit by the headlights of a passing car.
Buckhorn Cactus in bloom at Lost Dutchman State Park, near Mesa.
Buckhorn Cactus in bloom at Alamo Canyon in Organ Pipe NM.
Strawberry Hedgehog Cacti were in bloom at Tucson Mountain Park, too.
There was a stretch of about three miles along route 89 between Why and Tucson where poppies bloomed abundantly. 3rd Color Prints, N4C May 2016