Today I had the pleasure of doing a nature walk in Sabino Canyon. There were five of us. We took the tram to the last stop (number 9), and then slowly walked down the road to the 7th stop, looking at plants, insects, birds, trees, shrubs, etc., on the way. It was absolutely delightful. After an hour and a half of exploring we took the return tram and had a pleasant lunch.

I found many of the “invisible” flowers I have been looking for and met a few I had not yet known. Here are some of the close up pictures of the flowers. Keep in mind that most of them are less than a quarter of an inch wide.

Amaranthus fimbriatus7Ayenia filiformis7Commicarpus scandens9Dalea pringlei7Desmodium psilocarpum7Dodonea viscosa7femaleDodonea viscosa7maleEuphorbia florida7Evolvulus alsinoides7Porophyllum gracile7








Fringed amaranth – Amaranthus fimbriatus









Ayenia – Ayenia filiformis









Bush spiderling – Commicarpus scandens







Pringle prairie clover – Dalea pringlei








Santa Cruz island tick clover – Desmodium psilocarpum









Female flowerHop bush – Dodonea viscosa







Male flower

Hop bush – Dodonea viscosa









Chiricahua mountain sandmat – Euphoriba florida






Arizona blue eyes – Evolvulus alsinoides









Odora – Porophyllum gracile








  1. These are remarkable – especially since they are relatively unnoticed by most of us who focus on the larger plants and flowers. The pink fly(?) on the hop bush is a very special shot – another book possibility?!

    Thanks for your incredible blog!

    • Frank says:

      Thanks for the comment. Maybe the blog is my next book! I am certainly enjoying being able to post a picture soon after I take it. Thanks.

  2. eleanor says:

    Praise God from Whom all blessigns flow!!!!!

  3. Mike Zeno says:

    When you take a macro photo do you need to change lenses or does it work to just set the camera to macro? How close is the lens to the flower?

    • Frank says:

      With my new macro, the lens extends out, so I can get very close. When it is at its least magnification the flower is maybe an inch or two away from the lens. When at the highest magnification it is less than a half an inch away. I will measure it some time to see if my guesses are correct. I carry two cameras so I don’t have to change lenses. One is a Nikon with a zoom that goes from about 8 inches away from the object to infinity. The other is a Cannon with the big macro lens and a front end flash.

  4. Valerie Rogers says:

    These are so beautiful and incredibly ornate. All the amazing detail on such a tiny scale! God’s creation is awesome indeed.

  5. Drew Signor says:

    Frank, If its true that the big is reflected in the little and the little in the big, than one need not look far in our desert world to perceive the growing glory on the far horizon.

    • Frank says:

      Thanks Drew. I like the idea of the big reflected in the little, etc., and find that I could happily explore one corner of the world and do so endlessly, always discovering more to enjoy and be amazed at.

  6. Bevan Olyphant says:

    The real beauty that few of us ever see. Praise The Lord and thank you for bringing them into focus for us.
    Just shows we need to be more observant and SLOW DOWN!

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