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A photo puzzle

A photo puzzle

Do you know where this quirky, unaltered photo was taken on Monday? It shows aspen tree trunks, autumn aspen leaves, a chapel-like building and an enormous aspen trunk on the right. Type your guess in the comments and we'll reveal the answer later on today.

October 20, 2014 9:27 pm
Autumn leaves flush Catalinas with color

Autumn leaves flush Catalinas with color

Standout species include maple trees and aspens.

October 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Maples gone red for autumn

Maples gone red for autumn

These maple trees at Bear Wallow in the Catalina Mountains were near the peak of autumn color on Thursday.

October 17, 2014 10:09 am
Maple leaves at Bear Wallow

Maple leaves at Bear Wallow

Maple leaves in autumn hues grace Bear Wallow high in the Catalina Mountains.

October 17, 2014 10:08 am
Hikers enjoy autumn color

Hikers enjoy autumn color

Hikers stop to photograph autumn color in Bear Wallow high in the Catalina Mountains.

October 17, 2014 10:10 am
Maple madness in the Catalinas

Maple madness in the Catalinas

Maple trees were in full fall fettle high in the Catalina Mountains Thursday — with leaves painting the landscape at Bear Wallow in hues of red and yellow. Aspens also are showing brilliant autumn color. 

October 16, 2014 3:24 pm
NWS radar picks up images, possibly sandhill cranes

NWS radar picks up images, possibly sandhill cranes

Sandhill cranes likely arriving for the winter near Willcox.

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Tucson sunset

Tucson sunset

Tucson sunset on Wednesday evening.

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Big birds: Weather radar shows massive flock of cranes near Willcox

Big birds: Weather radar shows massive flock of cranes near Willcox

Big birds spend winter in the Sulphur Springs Valley.

October 15, 2014 12:00 pm Related Loading…

Desert Harvest Fest coming to Oracle State Park

Mesquite trees will play a starring role in the Desert Harvest Fest.

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After the storm

After the storm

Clouds quilted the horizon and Tanque Verde Creek flowed with vigor Thursday morning in the wake of heavy rains. 

October 09, 2014 9:18 am
Tucson rain

Tucson rain

Walkers brave soggy weather Wednesday afternoon for a stroll along the flowing Rillito River. 

October 08, 2014 3:04 pm
Walking along the flowing Rillito

Walking along the flowing Rillito

Walkers brave soggy weather Wednesday afternoon for a stroll along the flowing Rillito River. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

October 08, 2014 2:07 pm
Little Free Library

Little Free Library

Gila monster sculpture at the Dunbar Spring Little Free Library on March 19, 2013. Photo by Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

October 08, 2014 11:22 am
Stormy weather

Stormy weather

Storm clouds bruised the sky over the Rincon Mountains on Tuesday afternoon. Rain? Stay tuned.

October 07, 2014 5:04 pm
Aspens on the rebound

Aspens on the rebound

This little grove of aspen trees high in the Catalina Mountains is giving new life to a slope blackened by the 2003 Aspen Fire -- and showing some fetching fall color as well. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

October 05, 2014 10:16 am
Closure of Redington Pass shooting sites is extended

Closure of Redington Pass shooting sites is extended

The closure was extended until next Sept. 30 or until rescinded.

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Redington Pass sign

Redington Pass sign

A sign was pocked with bullet holes after the site was closed

October 03, 2014 2:45 pm
Now is perfect time to spray invasive buffelgrass

Now is perfect time to spray invasive buffelgrass

You can battle buffelgrass with herbicide sprays while it remains green.

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Beauty with a bite

Beauty with a bite

This fountain grass, blooming brilliantly in Sabino Canyon this week, might be pleasing to the eye — but it’s an invasive species that is detrimental to native plants. It’s beauty with a bite, and public land agencies hope to slow its spread in the wild.

October 02, 2014 12:11 pm
Patch of buffelgrass

Patch of buffelgrass

Buffelgrass can be killed with sprays such as Roundup when it is mostly green and growing. Sprays aren’t effective when the grass turns straw colored. 

October 02, 2014 11:58 am
Desert Museum ranks high on TripAdvisor awards list

Desert Museum ranks high on TripAdvisor awards list

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum wins a high ranking from travelers.

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Catalina Highway getting devices to monitor ground movement

Catalina Highway getting devices to monitor ground movement

Monitors to gauge earth movement will be installed on the Catalina Highway.

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Amber waves of grass

Amber waves of grass

Wild grasses in amber hues dominate the landscape, with the Catalina Mountains in the distance, as seen along the Pinal Pioneer Parkway on Sunday afternoon.

September 28, 2014 4:45 pm
Deserts flushed with green thanks to rains

Deserts flushed with green thanks to rains

Desert hillsides are green and dotted with a few wildflowers following rains.

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Sunrise over Tucson

Sunrise over Tucson

The sunrise over Tucson Saturday was the same as always: perfectly unique.

September 27, 2014 3:38 pm
Sunrise over Tucson

Sunrise over Tucson

The sunrise over Tucson Saturday was the same as always: perfectly unique.

September 27, 2014 2:31 pm
Autumn leaves changing on Mt. LemmonFall leaves on Mt. Lemmon

Autumn leaves changing on Mt. LemmonFall leaves on Mt. Lemmon

Do you like maple leaves? Do you really like maple leaves? Then you'll want to check out Bear Wallow on Mt. Lemmon next month. This photo was shot on Oct. 22, 2011. 

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Autumn in Tucson: Colors on Mount Lemmon

Autumn in Tucson: Colors on Mount Lemmon

New England? Nope. This bucolic scene of autumn leaves was snapped at Ski Valley on Mount Lemmon on Oct. 22, 2011.  

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Wildflower on King Canyon Trail

Wildflower on King Canyon Trail

Wildflowers like this one were blooming brilliantly along the King Canyon Trail in Saguaro National Park West last week due to abundant late-monsoon rains. 

September 24, 2014 10:25 am
Road into popular Cave Creek Canyon closed indefinitely

Road into popular Cave Creek Canyon closed indefinitely

A 19-mile stretch of Forest Road 42 is closed.

September 23, 2014 7:00 pm Video Loading…
Sunset clouds

Sunset clouds

Saturday evening cloud at sunset in Tucson, Ariz.

September 20, 2014 9:38 pm
Wildflowers in the rain

Wildflowers in the rain

These wildflowers along the Catalina Highway soaked up moisture from light rains falling in advance of heavy storms expected later Wednesday. 

September 17, 2014 11:37 am
Rain clouds from the Catalinas

Rain clouds from the Catalinas

Dense rain clouds were beginning to obscure the Tucson Valley in this view at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday from the Babad Do'ag Overlook along the Catalina Highway. The name is the Tohono O'odham term for "Frog Mountain." 

September 17, 2014 11:35 am
Runner in Sabino despite warnings

Runner in Sabino despite warnings

National Forest officials have strongly advised people to stay our of Sabino Canyon near Tucson because of the threat of severe flash flooding. But at least one runner headed up the canyon in light rainfall Wednesday morning in spite of the warnings.

September 17, 2014 9:49 am
Autumn in Tucson

Autumn in Tucson

Autumn leaves near the Bear Wallow on Mt. Lemmon on Oct. 22, 2011. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star

September 17, 2014 9:00 am
Cholla ad infinitum

Cholla ad infinitum

Don't even try to count them. Recent drenching rains have plumped up this wild garden of cholla cacti in Tucson Mountain Park west of the city.

September 15, 2014 3:18 pm
Dogs pose a threat to bighorn sheep survival

Dogs pose a threat to bighorn sheep survival

Hikers have been seen with dogs in banned areas.

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Clouds at sunset

Clouds at sunset

Sunset light highlights clouds along the Pontatoc Canyon Trail.

September 06, 2014 5:10 pm
Tanque Verde Creek

Tanque Verde Creek

Tanque Verde Creek near Craycroft Road looked like an actual creek rather than a sandbox on Friday. The pleasing flow and lush landscape were results of monsoon rains Thursday — with more promising clouds muscling up in the distance.

September 05, 2014 1:42 pm
Hummingbird in Madera Canyon

Hummingbird in Madera Canyon

Un Colibrí visita uno de los dispensadores de alimento en Madera Canyon. Foto del 22 de agosto de 2014.

September 05, 2014 11:21 am
Madera Canyon haven of blooms, birds

Madera Canyon haven of blooms, birds

Madera Canyon looks almost like a wild botanical garden in late summer.

September 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Forest project to benefit Mount Graham red squirrels

Forest project to benefit Mount Graham red squirrels

Work will help cut wildfire risk, improve habitat.

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Days of bees and bloooms

Days of bees and bloooms

Creosote bushes, nurtured by monsoon rains, were in brilliant bloom on Wednesday — serving up a boffo buffet for this bee at the Pima Canyon Trailhead north of Tucson. 

September 03, 2014 3:47 pm
Wisps

Wisps

Wisps. That's the not-exactly-technical description of cloud patterns over Tucson Wednesday morning. 

September 03, 2014 8:29 am
Provence or Southern Arizona?

Provence or Southern Arizona?

Deserts along the Pinal Pioneer Parkway northwest of Tucson were awash with monsoon-spawned wildflowers on Saturday.

August 30, 2014 2:44 pm
Hummingbird in Madera Canyon

Hummingbird in Madera Canyon

A hummingbird visits a feeder in Madera Canyon on August 22. Many colorful birds can be viewed there.

August 29, 2014 9:19 pm
Hiker in Madera Canyon

Hiker in Madera Canyon

A hiker strolls through verdant beauty along the Carrie Nation Trail in Madera Canyon south of Tucson.

August 29, 2014 10:14 am
Urban wildflowers

Urban wildflowers

Caltrops, sometimes known as summer poppies, flourish in desert canyons and along city streets.

August 28, 2014 3:57 pm
Urban wildflowers

Urban wildflowers

Caltrop wildflowers, sometimes known as summer poppies, often flourish in open desert areas and canyons — but these were in brilliant bloom Thursday along busy Craycroft Road near the Rillito River.

August 28, 2014 3:52 pm

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