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Sinkholes pose hazard along The Loop

Sinkholes pose hazard along The Loop

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

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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
Is this really the desert?

Is this really the desert?

Once-brown deserts near Tucson are now flushed with green thanks to recent monsoon rains. Can you identify the location of this green desert landscape? (Answer: The Tucson Mountains near Gates Pass west of the city.) Photo by Doug Kreutz.

July 21, 2014 4:44 pm
Is this really the desert?

Is this really the desert?

Once-brown deserts near Tucson are now flushed with green thanks to recent monsoon rains. A few summer wildflowers are also blooming around Tucson. Photo by Doug Kreutz.

July 21, 2014 4:47 pm
Is this really the desert?

Is this really the desert?

Once-brown deserts near Tucson are now flushed with green thanks to recent monsoon rains. Can you identify the location of this green desert landscape? (Answer: The Tucson Mountains near Gates Pass west of the city.) Photo by Doug Kreutz.

July 21, 2014 4:46 pm
Saguaro cactus

Saguaro cactus

This healthy saguaro in the Catalina Foothills features plenty of blooms and buds.

July 21, 2014 3:57 pm
Tucson's sky: Another reason we live here

Tucson's sky: Another reason we live here

The Star's Doug Kreutz took this photo of Tucson's sky at sunset. 

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Bighorns finding their footing, wildlife officials say

Bighorns finding their footing, wildlife officials say

"Encouraging developments" could mean another transplant of the wild sheep.

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Fried egg flower

Fried egg flower

Can you possibly guess why some people call this a fried egg flower? It was blooming Friday near the entrance to Madera Canyon south of Tucson.

July 18, 2014 5:20 pm
Agua Caliente pond shrinks to its lowest level

Agua Caliente pond shrinks to its lowest level

Monsoon rains haven't revived park's withering pond.

July 14, 2014 10:00 pm Video Photos

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Cactus blooms

Cactus blooms

These little cacti were pretty in pink Sunday morning in the Catalina Foothills. Let us know where you are spotting summer blooms. Photo by a Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

July 13, 2014 4:41 pm
Construction on vital link on The Loop to begin

Construction on vital link on The Loop to begin

Completion on short segment expected in early 2015.

July 12, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Mud flats at Agua Caliente

Mud flats at Agua Caliente

Much of Agua Caliente Park’s main pond has been reduced to waterless mud flats.

July 11, 2014 4:07 pm
A diminished pond

A diminished pond

Visitors find that the main pond at Agua Caliente Park northeast of Tucson has shrunk to a fraction of its former 3.5-acre size as a result of drought. Recent monsoon rains haven’t done much to raise the water level.

July 11, 2014 4:04 pm
Agua Caliente pond withers

Agua Caliente pond withers

The main pond at Agua Caliente Park is at the lowest level it has ever been, according to Pima County officials. Photo taken July 11, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

July 11, 2014 4:01 pm
Trail segment site

Trail segment site

This photo shows the south bank of the Cañada del Oro Wash near Thornydale Road the site of a new segment of The Loop recreational trail. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

July 11, 2014 10:21 am
Planned trail segment

Planned trail segment

The Cañada del Oro Wash as seen from the Thornydale Road bridge. The new Loop segment will be along the south bank.

July 11, 2014 10:22 am
Trail segment site

Trail segment site

This photo shows the south bank of the Cañada del Oro Wash near Thornydale Road, where a new segment of The Loop trail will be built. 

July 11, 2014 10:22 am
Site of new trail segment

Site of new trail segment

The segment along the Cañada del Oro Wash is just three-quarters of a mile long, but it is expected to be critical for bike commuters and others.

July 11, 2014 10:21 am
Mysterious mountain bloom

Mysterious mountain bloom

Any wildflower experts out there? We found these fetching yellow flowers blooming on long stalks high in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson this week — but we’re not sure of the species. Let us know if you know. Those are raindrops on the stalk, although they look a little like ice.

July 11, 2014 9:15 am
Mysterious mountain bloom

Mysterious mountain bloom

Any wildflower experts out there? We found these fetching yellow flowers blooming on long stalks high in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson this week — but we’re not sure of the species. Let us know if you know. Those are raindrops on the stalk, although they look a little like ice. Phot…

July 10, 2014 2:59 pm
Monsoon rains give mountain flowers a boost

Monsoon rains give mountain flowers a boost

Wildflowers are in brilliant bloom in the mountains — bolstered by the monsoon.

July 10, 2014 2:15 pm Photos

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Fire restrictions to be lifted at forests, parks

Fire restrictions to be lifted at forests, parks

Abundant monsoon rains have led to fire restrictions being lifted.

July 10, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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Wildflowers in Upper Sabino Canyon

Wildflowers in Upper Sabino Canyon

Wildflowers catch raindrops in Upper Sabino Canyon high in the Catalina Mountains. Photo taken July 7, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

July 08, 2014 9:36 am
What's that bloom?

What's that bloom?

Mountain wildflowers are blooming brilliantly in the rain-washed Catalina Mountains as the monsoon kicks into high gear. Does anyone know what kind of flower this is — blooming now near Molino Canyon? Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

July 07, 2014 5:41 pm
Wildflowers in Upper Sabino Canyon

Wildflowers in Upper Sabino Canyon

Wildflowers catch raindrops in Upper Sabino Canyon high in the Catalina Mountains. Photo taken July 7, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

July 07, 2014 5:15 pm
Agaves in bloom

Agaves in bloom

Clockwise from top left: Agave flowers along the Catalina Highway ; wildflowers in Upper Sabino Canyon; columbine wildflowers at many sites in the Catalina Mountains, pictured here in Marshall Gulch; bright red coral bean flowers near Molino Canyon. Watch a monsoon video at azstarnet.com/outdoors.

July 07, 2014 4:59 pm
Columbine in bloom

Columbine in bloom

Columbine wildflowers are in bloom at many sites in the Catalina Mountains. This one is in Marshall Gulch south of the village of Summerhaven. Photo taken July 7, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

July 07, 2014 4:55 pm
Rain-bearing clouds over Catalinas

Rain-bearing clouds over Catalinas

Clouds like these over a ridge in the Catalina Mountains have brought plentiful rain and bolstered the wildflower bloom. Photo taken July 7, 2014. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

July 07, 2014 4:57 pm
Red blooms in the Catalinas

Red blooms in the Catalinas

Bright red coral bean flowers are in brilliant bloom near Molino Canyon in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. Photo taken July 7, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

July 07, 2014 4:49 pm
Bat-observation program canceled for safety reasons

Bat-observation program canceled for safety reasons

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has canceled a popular bat-observation program.

July 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Historic Rancho de Las Lomas up for sale

Historic Rancho de Las Lomas up for sale

A onetime Tucson guest ranch that attracted many celebrities is for sale.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Officials caution: Leave baby wildlife alone

Officials caution: Leave baby wildlife alone

Wildlife officials warn of the dangers of baby wild animals.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Finger Rock

Finger Rock

Distant finger rock is framed by the almost circular strands of a dead saguaro. Photo taken 1/31/10.

July 03, 2014 11:14 am
Cool escape

Cool escape

In these sweltering days of early summer, many Tucsonans escape to nearby states with less intense heat. Here’s a cooling view from Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park last week. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

July 02, 2014 9:54 am
Palo verde trees still blooming in June

Palo verde trees still blooming in June

Spring is over, but some palo verde trees are blooming into summer.

June 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Blooming palo verde

Blooming palo verde

Another palo verde tree, along Alamo Wash near Fort Lowell Road, shows off its yellow blooms.

June 20, 2014 1:44 pm
Palo verde blooms in June

Palo verde blooms in June

These dazzling blooms added color to a palo verde tree near the Rillito River at Craycroft Road. These photos were taken Wednesday. 

June 20, 2014 1:43 pm
Flowering palo verde tree

Flowering palo verde tree

Paper-thin flowers on a palo verde tree along Alamo Wash near Fort Lowell Road. Photo taken June 18, 2014. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

June 20, 2014 1:45 pm
Symphony in yellow

Symphony in yellow

This palo verde tree near the Rillito River at Craycroft Road is all blooms and buds this week — long after most palo verde trees in the Tucson area have ceased to bloom for the season. Some varieties of the prickly, colorful plants can bloom into the summer even as temperatures soar into th…

June 19, 2014 11:57 am
Homesteader's 1930s stone house to be recognized

Homesteader's 1930s stone house to be recognized

An old stone house west of Tucson is prized for its history.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mackerel sky

Mackerel sky

These cloud formations, sometimes known as mackerel sky, graced the Tucson area early Wednesday morning. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.

June 18, 2014 9:11 am
Raindrops in the morning

Raindrops in the morning

It wasn't exactly a monsoon downpour, but raindrops fell onto car windows at this Craycroft and River Road intersection Tuesday morning. Any sprinkles where you are? Photo by Doug Kreutz

June 17, 2014 9:06 am
Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park is home to more than 5,000 saguaros like the ones shown here. 

June 16, 2014 5:29 pm
Stone House in Tucson Mountains

Stone House in Tucson Mountains

These are the remains of an old stone house built in the Tucson Mountains by onetime Arizona Daily Star city editor Sherry Bowen in the 1930s. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

June 16, 2014 10:43 am
Old Stone House

Old Stone House

These are the remains of a stone house built in the Tucson Mountains by onetime Arizona Daily Star city editor Sherry Bowen in the 1930s. Today, it’s still accessible by foot.

June 16, 2014 10:42 am
Monsoon could be wetter than normal

Monsoon could be wetter than normal

The monsoon — Tucson’s summer rainy season — begins Sunday, and here’s a splash of good news for our drought-stricken area: Weather experts say we could see more rain than normal.

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Why agave stalks look a bit like asparagus spears

Why agave stalks look a bit like asparagus spears

They are often called century plants, but they don’t live for 100 years — not even close.

June 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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