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T. Knight | profile | all galleries >> Arizona Places >> Mt. Ord Road tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Mt. Ord Road

Mt. Ord road takes off from Highway 87 north of Sunflower, Arizona. It goes to the top of Mt. Ord where there is a fire lookout tower. On the drive up we found lots of flowers to take pictures of. An exciting discovery was something I'd never seen before, a beautiful, yellow-flowering shrub. I found out what is is: Flannelbush - Fremontodendron californicum. I may have seen it before, but would never have paid much attention to it if it wasn't flowering. At the top, near the gate we found quite a few of what we believe are Doubting Mariposa Lilies - Calochortus ambiguus. They were very pretty, some a pale purple, almost white, others darker, more purple. At lower elevations we found some Opuntia engelmannii that had very large, golden-colored floweres. We didn't get to go up the lookout tower because the gate was locked.
Mt. Ord Road
Mt. Ord Road
Agave parryi
Agave parryi
Agave parryi
Agave parryi
Agave parryi
Agave parryi
Scarlet Four  Oclock   (Oxybaphus coccineus)
Scarlet Four Oclock (Oxybaphus coccineus)
Scarlet Penstemon    (Penstemon barbatus)
Scarlet Penstemon (Penstemon barbatus)
Narrowleaf Penstemon    (Penstemon linarioides)
Narrowleaf Penstemon (Penstemon linarioides)
Lotus species
Lotus species
Wild Rose
Wild Rose
In the Ponderosa pines - Mazatzal mountains in the distance
In the Ponderosa pines - Mazatzal mountains in the distance
Golden Columbine
Golden Columbine
Flannelbush   (Fremontodendron californicum)
Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum)
Flannelbush   (Fremontodendron californicum)
Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum)
Flannelbush   (Fremontodendron californicum)
Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum)
Flannelbush   (Fremontodendron californicum)
Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum)
Flannelbush   (Fremontodendron californicum)
Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum)
Flannelbush   (Fremontodendron californicum)
Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum)
New Mexico Locust (Robinia neomexicana)
New Mexico Locust (Robinia neomexicana)
New Mexico Locust  (Robinia neomexicana)
New Mexico Locust (Robinia neomexicana)
Gate to Lookout Tower
Gate to Lookout Tower
Mt. Ord Lookout Tower
Mt. Ord Lookout Tower
Doubting Mariposa Lily  (Calochortus ambiguus)
Doubting Mariposa Lily (Calochortus ambiguus)
Doubting Mariposa Lily  (Calochortus ambiguus)
Doubting Mariposa Lily (Calochortus ambiguus)
Doubting Mariposa Lily  (Calochortus ambiguus)
Doubting Mariposa Lily (Calochortus ambiguus)
Doubting Mariposa Liliy  (Calochortus ambiguus)
Doubting Mariposa Liliy (Calochortus ambiguus)
Agave parryi
Agave parryi
Plant bugs on Agave parryi
Plant bugs on Agave parryi
Opuntia species near the locked gate
Opuntia species near the locked gate
Paintbrush species
Paintbrush species
Roosevelt Lake
Roosevelt Lake
Opuntia engelmannii with large golden flowers
Opuntia engelmannii with large golden flowers
Opuntia engelmannii with large golden flowers
Opuntia engelmannii with large golden flowers
Opuntia engelmannii with large golden flowers
Opuntia engelmannii with large golden flowers