Peridot Mesa Wildflowers in Arizona

Springtime is on the horizon! Here in Arizona, we had a fairly wet summer (especially compared to previous recent years) and some rains through fall into the New Year, so we will have to see what Mother Nature does for the Peridot Mesa Wildflowers for 2022. Nevertheless, there’s always something to photograph when venturing out this way.

It’s been about 4 years since there have been some super blooms. The pano above was shot with a Rokinon 14mm lens, but my favorite glass to use out here and with wildflowers is a dedicated macro lens. One of my favorite shots over the years from the area is this little friendly spider below, also shot with a macro lens.

Peridot Mesa Spider Macro

I also used the macro lens to get some killer depth of field shots. Shooting with a wide-open aperture also helps open a world of creativity. Use the sunlight and angles to your advantage. Try different angles. And that includes getting down and dirty on the ground if you can!

Peridot Mesa Wildflower Macro

Be Sure to Grab a Permit

If you would like to photograph the poppies, along with the other wildflowers in the area, you will need a permit. The Peridot Mesa Wildflowers resides on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. In previous years I have purchased mine at the Circle K in Globe, at 2011 East Ash Street. This Circle K is quickly on the way if coming from the Phoenix area. You can see more information about the permits at the Discover Gila County website.

When arriving from the Globe area, watch for magical mile marker 268. Just past it, you will see the dirt road on your left. Of course, you will also see the golden hills bursting with poppies at this point too.

Be courteous of all the flowers in the area and leave no trace! Consider bringing a polarizer, a tripod, sunscreen, and maybe even a snack. You will park along a dirt road once turning off US 70. It’s easy to keep extra gear and water in your vehicle because of this. Above all, enjoy the Peri