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Cactus flowers and saguaro blooms abound this cool, wet May

Posted at 5:02 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 20:19:16-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Wildflowers sprung up all over the place at the start of spring and the month of May has seen an explosion of cactus flowers and saguaro blooms.

A Saguaro National Park spokesperson says the desert might be more colorful for longer this year thanks to the recent cooler than normal weather.

“The evolving weather patterns are going to give us some surprises,” said spokesperson Cam Jaurez.

That’s great news for the photographer and nature lovers we talked to.

“I'm going to go up a trail to a ridge and look at the vegetation,” said Tucson resident Ken Peres.

Jaurez says the best pictures are taken in the evening and early morning hours.

“Bloom at night when we have our pollinators come in,” said Jaurez. “Bats and moths and that kind of stuff and they shrivel that following morning, but the thing is they put out more blooms through the rest of the season.”

Remember if you miss these blooms, Arizona has another rainy season right around the corner.

“Of course, the winter here was relatively cold so now we have the nice bloom,” said Peres. “We'll see how monsoon season goes and we'll see what blooms then.”