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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.

September 29, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
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.

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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
Beware of aggressive bees

Beware of aggressive bees

This sign and barricade on the Rillito River Trail at North Craycroft Road on Thursday might give walkers, runners and cyclists an excuse to bag their workouts. 

August 28, 2014 12:40 pm
Catalina Mountains could get Tonto Forest bighorns

Catalina Mountains could get Tonto Forest bighorns

Tentative plan to capture and relocate more sheep moves forward.

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Can you name this hummingbird species?

Can you name this hummingbird species?

This hummingbird recently visited a feeder in Madera Canyon south of Tucson. It’s one of more than a dozen colorful species of hummers seen in the canyon. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

August 27, 2014 4:23 pm
Rider on the storm

Rider on the storm

A statue of Father Kino on horseback along Kino Parkway is silhouetted against roiling storm clouds in this black-and-white image on Monday afternoon. 

August 25, 2014 2:21 pm
Madera Canyon beauty

Madera Canyon beauty

Cactus blooms, wildflowers and monsoon clouds Friday in this view from the foot of Madera Canyon south of Tucson.

August 22, 2014 3:11 pm
Butterfly and blooms

Butterfly and blooms

A butterfly and blooms were part of the lush monsoon beauty in Madera Canyon Thursday. 

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Monsoon boon: Agua Caliente pond on rise again

Monsoon boon: Agua Caliente pond on rise again

Rain, pumping water and cooler temperatures have helped pond make a comeback.

August 21, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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A diminished pond

A diminished pond

The same viewpoint, taken on July 11, shows the main pond had shrunk to a fraction of its former 3.5-acre size. The area has received 1.75 inches of rain over the past several days.

August 21, 2014 2:04 pm
Agua Caliente pond on the rebound

Agua Caliente pond on the rebound

The pond at Agua Caliente Park, which had nearly dried up this summer, has been bolstered by pumping in groundwater and the arrival of monsoon weather. As of Thursday, it’s estimated that 60 percent of the pond is covered in water, though only inches deep in some areas.

August 21, 2014 2:04 pm
Turtles at Agua Caliente

Turtles at Agua Caliente

Turtles bask on the edge of the main pond at Agua Caliente Park. Photo taken August 18, 2014. 

August 20, 2014 3:35 pm
Green beauty at Agua Caliente

Green beauty at Agua Caliente

Water and lush green growth bring beauty to one end of the pond at Agua Caliente Park. Photo taken August 18, 2014.

August 20, 2014 3:32 pm
A clear, cloudy, stormy afternoon

A clear, cloudy, stormy afternoon

The skies south of Tucson Monday afternoon were, well, undecided — with patches of bright blue, white clouds and a dark storm front competing for sky space. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star

August 18, 2014 5:06 pm
'Amazing' puffy skies leave Tucson on cloud nine

'Amazing' puffy skies leave Tucson on cloud nine

Monsoon clouds over Tucson are spectacular — and can tower 11 miles high.

August 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Burns, co-founder of Native Seeds/SEARCH, dies

Burns, co-founder of Native Seeds/SEARCH, dies

Barney Burns was also a supporter of native cultural traditions.

August 15, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
Monsoon clouds over Catalinas

Monsoon clouds over Catalinas

Monsoon clouds tower over the Catalina Mountains as seen from the Kino Environmental Restoration Project near Ajo Road and Forgeus Avenue. Photo taken August 14, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

August 15, 2014 10:43 am
Vertical monsoon cloud

Vertical monsoon cloud

Some Tucson-area monsoon clouds can jut 11 vertical miles into the sky, UA meteorologist Mike Leuthold says.

August 15, 2014 10:34 am
Clouds over Catalinas

Clouds over Catalinas

Monsoon clouds grace the Catalinas, as seen from the Kino Environmental Restoration Project near Ajo Way and Forgeus Avenue.

August 15, 2014 10:36 am
Monsoon cloud over Mica Mountain

Monsoon cloud over Mica Mountain

This massive monsoon cloud dwarfed Mica Mountain east of Tucson, which itself rises to more than 8,000 feet. Photo taken Aug. 13, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

August 15, 2014 10:30 am
The mother of all monsoon clouds

The mother of all monsoon clouds

Well, maybe not. But consider this: Mica Mountain, in the lower right of this photo, is itself more than 8,000 feet high. So this is, to use a technical term, a "big honkin' cloud." Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

August 13, 2014 3:37 pm
Another monsoon storm brewing?

Another monsoon storm brewing?

Clouds billowed over the Catalina Mountains in this view from East Fort Lowell Road at midday on Wednesday. What's your prediction? Another gully-washer? Or a fizzle? Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

August 13, 2014 2:15 pm
Heights of Catalinas looking like a rain forest

Heights of Catalinas looking like a rain forest

Abundant monsoon moisture has left the mountains looking lush and green.

August 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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