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PHOENIX -

Every spring, locals and visitors alike look forward to the carpet of color that unfurls across the desert landscape.

Zooming along Arizona's highways, you'll see everything from brittlebrush and lupine, to verbena and primrose, to the unmistakable golden poppy.

Robert Steve, Arizona Highways magazine Editor in Chief, says 2013 is shaping up to be a great year for wildflowers, in part due to the recent rain storms.

"We get reports from our photographers out in the field and they're finding flowers in places they haven't seen them in a few years," he said.

These wild beauties scream to be photographed, so Robert offers us a few tips for making your photos pop.

"Where you can find a single poppy you know a yellow poppy surrounded by a bunch of purple lupines or adjusting your aperture to blur our the background," he said.

You don't have to be a seasoned backpacker to access these blooms.  Robert says there are several viewing locations, like state parks, where you can simply drive up and hop out of the car.

"Lost Dutchman State Park out the east side of the valley by Apache Junction.. very easy trails out there that pretty much anybody can do and that area is always just flowing with flowers."

Robert also recommends Picacho Peak State Park and Catalina State Park as easy access locations.  But if you don't have the time to hit the back country, you can always just head to the Wildflower Trail at Desert Botanical Garden.

For a full overview of all the locations in Arizona you can see wildflowers, be sure to check out the March issue of Arizona Highways.

Online: www.arizonahighways.com

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(480) 941-1225
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