Abundant monsoon moisture has left the mountains looking lush and green.
Wildflowers are in brilliant bloom in the mountains — bolstered by the monsoon.
Mountain wildflowers are usually associated with the days of summer high in the Catalina Mountains, but some are bursting into bloom now at 8,000 feet in the range north of Tucson.
Brittlebush wildflowers are on a blooming binge across the Tucson area — bolstered by drenching rains at the beginning of March.
The winter wildflower wahoo around Tucson continues — with more and more blooms bursting forth earlier than usual in deserts and canyons near the city.
Wildflowers in the desert around Tucson could still come through with a “pretty good” spring bloom, even though the city has received a paltry 0.01 inch of rain so far this year, flower experts say.
Here’s something that’s uncommon even for balmy Tucson: wildflowers in bloom smack in the middle of winter.
Deep-soaking rains across Southern Arizona over the weekend were a “triggering” event for a possibly bountiful wildflower bloom next spring.
Nurturing monsoon rains and a moderate, mile-high climate have brought late-summer wildflowers and lush greenery to the Madera Canyon area south of Tucson.
These cactus blooms at Saguaro Park East are just a sample of the desert's visual feast.
The wildflowers of spring have long since withered away - but this month's monsoon rains have helped nurture a colorful crop of summer desert blooms.
A paintbrush mountain wildflower could be seen on the Green Mountain Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains on May 26. The high country should remain colorful into September.
Columbine wildflowers adorn the Green Mountain Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson.
Bracken ferns along the Green Mountain Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Here's one big benefit of living in a city with deserts out the front door and 9,000-foot mountains nearby: a wildflower season that goes on for about seven months.
Poppies are sprouting in several areas, including along the Ringtail Trail, above, in Saguaro National Park West.
A fairy duster reveals its wispy flowers along the Finger Rock Trail in the Santa Catalinas.
A desert chicory flowers along the Catalina Highway.
Globemallow often sprouts along roadways. This one was flowering along the Catalina Highway.