Maureen Wilks

Artist, Photographer, Writer

By late May the spring flowers are fading fast as temperatures soar into the 90’s. The sturdy perennial milkweed begins to push its way up through the hard stony desert floor unfurling large globular leaves. They line arroyos and roadsides and welcome the spindly tarantula hawk to feast on its nectar.
I drive to my favorite places where these flowers thrive and spend time when the wind is calm taking pictures and watching as the bright orange tarantula hawks as they flit from plant to plant.

Tarantula Hawks on Milkweed


Milkweed Crystal Ball

20x20 in