It is the end of summer, Asters are one of my favorite flowers to see each year. When they arrive in my area in northern Arizona, it is usually towards the end of summer. Here is one of the first I saw in the second half of August. Learn more about them here: ASTERS
Shortstem Lupine are low growing wildflowers that are found in dry southwest areas with sagebrush, joshua trees, pinyon-juniper trees, or coniferous woodlands. The flowers are small with blue-purple tone and the leaves are palmate. I found these in a mountain meadow area in northern Arizona.
Here are some early autumn wildflowers I saw at the Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve recently. Picture Canyon in Flagstaff is a great place to see birds, bugs, and other wildlife. It has a lush riparian area along the canyon, some amazing Northern Sinagua petroglyphs, and an outdoor education area.
Here are a couple more colorful southwest flowers I saw while summer walking…