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Spring planting

Spring planting

Plant sunflowers in March and April. Photo taken May 9, 2014. Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star.

9 hours ago
An oil painting sky

An oil painting sky

The sky over Tucson Wednesday morning looked a bit like a Dutch Masters oil painting. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

12 hours ago
Solitude and big skies

Solitude and big skies

Hikers and mountain bikers who travel the Bug Spring Trail in the Catalina Mountains journey through spare landscapes under ever-changing skies. Share your trail pics in the comments. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

March 02, 2015 9:32 am
Brittlebush bonanza

Brittlebush bonanza

Brittlebush were blooming profusely along the Catalina Highway on Sunday. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

March 01, 2015 4:30 pm
Bees

Bees

Bees were busy trying to keep up with a colorful profusion of wildflowers at Saguaro National Park west of Tucson. Photo by Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star.

February 28, 2015 2:52 pm
Bighorns faring well in the Catalina Mountains

Bighorns faring well in the Catalina Mountains

The observance of an 11th bighorn lamb in the Catalinas raises hopes.

February 27, 2015 7:38 pmLoading…
Help count flowers at Saguaro National Park

Help count flowers at Saguaro National Park

The Wildflower Mini BioBlitz begins at 8 a.m. on March 7.

February 27, 2015 1:15 pm Video Photos

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Brittlebush blooms brighten the trail

Brittlebush blooms brighten the trail

Brittlebush blooms add a dash of color to the Finger Rock Canyon Trail late Thursday afternoon. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

February 27, 2015 9:32 am
Poppies at Saguaro National Park

Poppies at Saguaro National Park

The Mini BioBlitz begins at 8 a.m. on March 7 and concludes at noon. Above, poppies were blooming profusely at Saguaro National Park West on Monday.

February 25, 2015 12:54 pm
Lupines and poppies at Saguaro National Park

Lupines and poppies at Saguaro National Park

Purple lupines and gold poppies blooming at Saguaro National Park West on February 23, 2015. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

February 25, 2015 12:56 pm
Snowy Catalina Mountains

Snowy Catalina Mountains

Wildflowers are blooming in the desert, but snow still covered upper reaches of the Butterfly Trail in the Catalina Mountains Saturday. What a wonder to have so many life zones around Tucson. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

February 22, 2015 9:47 am
Clouds to behold

Clouds to behold

Clouds put on a sky show high over rock formations in the Catalina Mountains Saturday afternoon. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

February 22, 2015 9:46 am
Coyotes killed by Arizona agency to protect pronghorns

Coyotes killed by Arizona agency to protect pronghorns

Fawn survival increased at site where coyotes were targeted, Game and Fish says.

February 20, 2015 7:00 pmLoading…
Poppies are blooming now at Saguaro National Park

Poppies are blooming now at Saguaro National Park

It's still winter, but wildflowers are acting like it's spring.

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Bonanza of blooms

Bonanza of blooms

Wildflowers were showing their brilliant colors around Tucson on Monday morning. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

February 16, 2015 12:06 pm
Southwest wildflowers

Southwest wildflowers

Poppies along the Sutherland Trail at Catalina State Park on Feb. 23, 2012. Photo by Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

February 14, 2015 2:47 pm
Reptilian bliss

Reptilian bliss

Baby lizards bask in the sun on a piece of yard art Saturday morning. Reptilian bliss on Valentine's Day.

February 14, 2015 12:00 pm
Baboquivari Peak: Sacred summit is focus of festival

Baboquivari Peak: Sacred summit is focus of festival

Religious significance, hiking adventure among topics.

February 13, 2015 9:45 am Photos

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Poppies in bloom

Poppies in bloom

Gold poppies have burst into bloom this week at Saguaro National Park west of Tucson. It appears that abundant winter rains and recent warm weather have brought the poppy flowers a bit earlier than usual this year. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

February 12, 2015 10:52 am
Poppies bloom at Saguaro Park

Poppies bloom at Saguaro Park

Autumn rains set the stage for a bloom, but winter downpours and recent warm weather have brought the flowers out.

February 11, 2015 4:56 pm
End of day: Ventana Canyon

End of day: Ventana Canyon

Late afternoon light in Ventana Canyon north of Tucson. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

February 11, 2015 8:42 am
Arizona's official state symbols

Arizona's official state symbols

Tree: palo verde

February 10, 2015 2:18 pm
Protest of Predator Masters

Protest of Predator Masters

Protesters hold signs at Speedway and Silverbell to show opposition to the Predator Masters group. Photo by Doug Kreutz.

February 05, 2015 6:19 pm
Protest of Predator Masters

Protest of Predator Masters

Protesters hold signs at Speedway and Silverbell to show opposition to the Predator Masters group. Photo by Doug Kreutz.

February 05, 2015 6:21 pm
Protest of Predator Masters

Protest of Predator Masters

A protester holds a sign at Speedway and Silverbell to show opposition to the Predator Masters group. Photo by Doug Kreutz.

February 05, 2015 6:16 pm
Winter bloom in Pima Canyon

Winter bloom in Pima Canyon

It may be mid-winter on the calendar, but recent rains and balmy weather have brought an early bloom of spring wildflowers like this one to Pima Canyon north of Tucson. Share your winter bloom pics in the comments. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

February 05, 2015 12:06 pm
Trek this trail for scenic beauty and exercise

Trek this trail for scenic beauty and exercise

Hikers get bird's-eye views and a good workout on the Phoneline.

February 04, 2015 4:32 pm Photos

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Pima County opposes predator hunt on county lands

Pima County opposes predator hunt on county lands

Predator Masters planning weekend convention in Tucson.

February 03, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…

corrections

A photo of coyote carcasses that accompanied the Page A1 story “Hunting convention irks animal advocates” was not from a hunt by the Predator Masters, who are holding a convention in Tucson this week.

February 02, 2015 7:50 pm
Rillito River flows on

Rillito River flows on

The Rillito River continued to look like, well, an actual River Monday morning after heavy weekend rains. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

February 02, 2015 9:38 am
Another foggy morning

Another foggy morning

Houses are barely visible in the distance, looming out of Sunday morning fog in the Catalina Foothills above Tucson. Photo by Doug Kreutz.

February 01, 2015 1:25 pm
Predator hunters coming to Tucson: Protests planned

Predator hunters coming to Tucson: Protests planned

A controversial group called Predator Masters is holding a convention in Tucson.

January 31, 2015 7:11 pmLoading…
Down by the FLOWING river

Down by the FLOWING river

Photographers and cyclists had an unusual backdrop along the Rillito River Saturday: Water. 

January 31, 2015 12:29 pm
Hikers dwarfed by landscape

Hikers dwarfed by landscape

Hikers are dwarfed by the landscape of Sabino Canyon along the Phoneline Trail. Photo taken January 15, 2015. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

January 30, 2015 3:50 pm
Hikers on Phoneline Trail

Hikers on Phoneline Trail

Hikers Paul and Janice Lefkowitz trek high on the Phoneline Trail in Sabino Canyon.

January 30, 2015 3:48 pm
Sunset in Sabino Canyon

Sunset in Sabino Canyon

A saguaro appears to embrace the sunset in Sabino Canyon along the final stretch of a hike on the Phoneline Trail.

January 30, 2015 3:48 pm
Trekkers on the Phoneline Trail

Trekkers on the Phoneline Trail

Andree Dupont and Dave Pillmore hike the Phoneline Trail. The trail is popular with runners, too.

January 30, 2015 3:48 pm
Sabino Creek

Sabino Creek

Sabino Creek flows and formspools in Sabino Canyon, with rock ridges towering above.

January 30, 2015 3:49 pm
Walkers and shuttle in Sabino Canyon

Walkers and shuttle in Sabino Canyon

Even a telephoto lens shot leaves walkers and a canyon shuttle looking pretty small from a perch along the Phoneline Trail.

January 30, 2015 3:50 pm
Hiking down the Phoneline Trail in Sabino Canyon

Hiking down the Phoneline Trail in Sabino Canyon

Hikers make their way down the Phoneline Trail in Sabino Canyon after a vigorous trek. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

January 30, 2015 3:50 pm
Saguaros and ridges in Sabino Canyon

Saguaros and ridges in Sabino Canyon

Saguaros and rocky ridges provide a backdrop along the Phoneline Trail in Sabino Canyon. Photo taken January 15, 2015. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

January 30, 2015 3:49 pm
Sabino Canyon overview

Sabino Canyon overview

Hikers on the Phoneline Trail get grand overviews of Sabino Canyon, cottonwoods along Sabino Creek, saguaros on slopes, and the heights of the Catalina Mountains.

January 30, 2015 3:47 pm
State suspends Tucsonan's wildlife rehab license

State suspends Tucsonan's wildlife rehab license

Rehabilitator provided substandard care for animals, state officials say.

January 27, 2015 7:24 pm
Bird's-eye view of Sabino Canyon

Bird's-eye view of Sabino Canyon

Hiker’s on the Phoneline Trail high above Sabino Canyon get this bird’s-eye view. You might (barely) be able to spot some people walking on the canyon road in this telephoto shot. Share your best Sabino Canyon photos in the comments. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

January 23, 2015 4:16 pm
Cactus in silhouette in Sabino Canyon

Cactus in silhouette in Sabino Canyon

Cacti in silhouette frame a view along the Phoneline Trail in Sabino Canyon. Photo taken January 15, 2015. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

January 23, 2015 12:38 pm
Cactus and cottonwoods in Sabino Canyon

Cactus and cottonwoods in Sabino Canyon

Views from the Phoneline Trail in Sabino Canyon take in both desert vegetation and cottonwood trees growing along Sabino Creek. Photo taken in January 2015. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

January 23, 2015 10:37 am
Volunteers needed Saturday to clear buffelgrass

Volunteers needed Saturday to clear buffelgrass

Non-native species is threat to desert, fire hazard.

January 21, 2015 7:31 pm Photos

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Buffelgrass

Buffelgrass

Invasive, non-native buffelgrass growing on the west side of Tucson. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

January 20, 2015 4:20 pm
Buffelgrass on west side of Tucson

Buffelgrass on west side of Tucson

Buffelgrass crowds out native vegetation, robbing animals of food and habitat. It catches fire easily and burns fast.

January 20, 2015 4:19 pm

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