Peridot Mesa – Arizona Super Bloom

I just finished editing my early April wildflower blooms. These are all from Peridot Mesa located in San Carlos, Arizona, on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. The mesa is about 3 km in diameter and is capped by a basalt flow 3 to 6 meters thick that originated from a volcanic cone located in the Southwest corner of the mesa.

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This image is from April 18. The spring super bloom was about to fade so I rushed down for three days to see what I could get.

The section with wildflowers is on the reservation. Permits are $10 at the San Carlos Apache Recreation and Wildlife Department office just off Highway 70 (about 25-minutes’ drive east of Globe).

The poppies close up at night and for a couple hours after sunrise.

Here are some of the images I made on the trip.


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