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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.

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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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Tranquil mountain pool

Tranquil mountain pool

A tranquil pool and red wildflowers along the Marshall Gulch Trail make for scenery very different from that in Tucson even though the city is a mere hour's drive away. Photo taken August 9, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

August 12, 2014 2:25 pm
Paintbrush flowers

Paintbrush flowers

Red paintbrush flowers grace the Marshall Gulch Trail in the Catalina Mountains. One naturalist reported finding 46 species flowering near the top of Mount Lemmon.

August 12, 2014 2:24 pm
Wildflowers in Catalina Mountains

Wildflowers in Catalina Mountains

Bright yellow wildflowers flank a trail high in the Catalinas. The showy spectacle will likely get even better.

August 12, 2014 2:24 pm
Delicate bloom

Delicate bloom

Trails high in the Catalina Mountains are offering up a banquet of delicate gifts, thanks to 5 inches of rain since early July.

August 12, 2014 2:23 pm
Bird and Wildlife Festival begins Wednesday

Bird and Wildlife Festival begins Wednesday

A free Nature Expo is open to the public Friday through Sunday.

August 11, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Heavy rains hit the Dove Mountain area

Heavy rains hit the Dove Mountain area

Heavy rain also fell over parts of central Tucson.

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Wildflowers in Catalina Mountains

Wildflowers in Catalina Mountains

Bright yellow wildflowers flank a trail high in the Catalina Mountains. Photo taken August 9, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

August 11, 2014 3:04 pm
Delicate bloom

Delicate bloom

A delicate bloom adds to the beauty along a trail in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. Photo taken August 9, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

August 11, 2014 3:06 pm
Tranquil mountain pool

Tranquil mountain pool

A tranquil pool and red wildflowers along the Marshall Gulch Trail make for scenery very different from that in Tucson even though the city is a mere hour's drive away. Photo taken August 9, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

August 11, 2014 2:59 pm
Ferns in Catalina Mountains

Ferns in Catalina Mountains

Ferns seem on the verge of taking over this slope high in the Catalina Mountains. Photo taken August 9, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

August 11, 2014 3:02 pm
Paintbrush flowers

Paintbrush flowers

Red paintbrush flowers and abundant greenery grace the Marshall Gulch Trail in the Catalina Mountains. Photo taken August 9, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

August 11, 2014 2:54 pm
Columbine blooms

Columbine blooms

Wild gardens of yellow columbine flowers brighten slopes at many sites high in the Catalina Mountains. Photo taken August 9, 2014. 

August 11, 2014 2:56 pm
Yellow blooms and gray granite

Yellow blooms and gray granite

Columbine flowers were forming floral flash mobs in the Catalina Mountains this weekend. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

August 10, 2014 3:09 pm
Saturday hiking splendor

Saturday hiking splendor

Trailside wildflowers and deep forest shade greeted hikers along the Marshall Gulch Trail in the Catalina Mountains Saturday. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

August 09, 2014 4:12 pm
Sunrise sky

Sunrise sky

Tucson's sky Friday morning. Will these clouds bring us rain?

August 08, 2014 7:28 am
Explosion of summer color

Explosion of summer color

It might be midsummer instead of spring, but the cactus and wildflower color in Tucson Mountain Park west of the city is dazzling this week. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

August 07, 2014 9:59 am
Controversy brews over plan for helicopters in wilderness

Controversy brews over plan for helicopters in wilderness

Wildlife officials want to use helicopters to manage bighorn sheep.

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Monsoon bloom

Monsoon bloom

Wildflowers nurtured by monsoon rains have turned parts of Tucson Mountain Park into a botanical garden in the wild.

August 06, 2014 5:09 pm
Tucson sunset

Tucson sunset

Loop of connected trails at Saguaro National Park East, made up Shantz, Pink Hill, Loma Verde, Cholla and Cactus Forest trails, Dec. 8, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz.

August 02, 2014 5:14 pm
Big sky, big water

Big sky, big water

This view of our "desert" city Friday shows monsoon clouds reflected in the main pond at the Kino Environmental Restoration Project. It's on Forgeus Avenue just north of Ajo Way.

August 01, 2014 3:03 pm
New plants taking hold at urban wildlife sanctuary

New plants taking hold at urban wildlife sanctuary

Hundreds of trees, shrubs have been planted at the Atturbury-Lyman haven.

August 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Desert hackberry

Desert hackberry

Plantings at the Atturbury-Lyman Bird and Animal Sanctuary include this desert hackberry plant, protected by fencing. Photo taken July 30, 2014. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

July 31, 2014 10:14 am
Blue palo verde tree

Blue palo verde tree

Plantings at the Atturbury-Lyman Bird and Animal Sanctuary include this blue palo verde tree, protected from animals by fencing. Photo taken July 30, 2014. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

July 31, 2014 10:12 am
Plentiful vegetation

Plentiful vegetation

Nearly two years of work is paying off. Drought and drainage issues had left some areas bare.

July 31, 2014 10:09 am
Native trees and shrubs planted

Native trees and shrubs planted

Native trees and shrubs have been planted in sparsely vegetated areas of the Atturbury-Lyman Bird and Animal Sanctuary at the northern end of Lincoln Regional Park in Tucson. Photo taken July 30, 2014. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

July 31, 2014 10:06 am
Penstemon wildflowers

Penstemon wildflowers

Penstemon wildflowers bloom in the summer along trails in the Catalina Mountains.

July 29, 2014 11:22 am
Barrels in brilliant bloom

Barrels in brilliant bloom

Barrel cacti are blooming brilliantly around Tucson this month. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

July 28, 2014 2:05 pm
Calling citizen scientists: Bat project needs you

Calling citizen scientists: Bat project needs you

Citizen-scientist volunteers are needed for a bat monitoring project.

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Catalina Highway washout

Catalina Highway washout

Drivers slow to negotiate rocks and debris washed across the Catalina Highway by heavy rains in the mountains Friday. This spot near mile marker 10 was one of several covered with debris. Photo by Doug Kreutz.

July 25, 2014 6:55 pm
Sinkholes pose hazard along The Loop

Sinkholes pose hazard along The Loop

Sinkholes have formed along a segment of the popular Loop trail.

July 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Saturday looks like a 'prime day' for rain

Saturday looks like a 'prime day' for rain

Weather service sees a decent chance the monsoon will wake up again.

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Sinkholes along trail

Sinkholes along trail

A cyclist slows while approaching sinkholes along a segment of The Loop recreational trail near Interstate 10 north of Orange Grove Road. Photo taken July 23, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

July 23, 2014 11:44 am
Sinkholes along The Loop trail

Sinkholes along The Loop trail

Barricades block this sinkhole and others in the background along a segment of The Loop recreational trail near Interstate 10 north of Orange Grove Road.

July 23, 2014 11:41 am

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