Here are a few shots from a recent walk. These flowers were all at the edge of the woods, in the sunshine. They each bloom from late spring to early autumn. The short-stemmed lupine are low growing, found in arid southwest areas including Joshua tree and pinyon-juniper woodlands. The silvery lupine can be seen in meadows, mixed shrubs, and coniferous forests in alpine zones. The New Mexico thistle are found in canyons, washes, mountain slopes, and pinyon-juniper wooded areas. Macdougal’s verbena are established in mountain meadows, valleys, or Ponderosa pine forest areas. The checker mallows are mountain meadow and valley flowers, along streams and ponds. Their flowers vary from pink to lavender. It seems the wildflowers are beginning their beautiful peak season here in northern Arizona.