Springtime is on the horizon! Here in Arizona, we have had some rainy weather the past few weeks, so hopefully, it gives a watering to the Peridot Mesa Wildflowers. I will be heading out this way in the middle of March to bask in these sunlight wildflowers with my camera in hand.
Last year was quite a treat, and a lot of areas in the southwest had some super blooms. The pano above was shot with a Rokinon 14mm lens, but my favorite glass of the day was my Sigma 150mm macro. Below you can see my favorite shot of the day, with this curious little spider.
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!
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 reside on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. I usually purchase 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.
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 Peridot Mesa Wildflowers!