Thursday, June 7, 2012

TPThursday: A Sonoran Spring

The temperature hovers at 100-degrees, the sky is a cloudless blue.  We’ve been in Arizona for just a bit more than two weeks; we now understand its most apt nickname of “Arid Zona”.

A highlight of our time here  has been discovering the beauty of a Sonoran Spring:
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The local newspaper, The Arizona Republic,  has a daily column that features a historical highpoint of the date, a chuckle for the day and also a prayer.  Today’s prayer couldn’t have been more appropriate for this post: “Lord, We thank you for the beauty that surrounds us. Amen.”

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This barrel cactus is one of our favorites.

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These delicate blooms adorned for several days the thorniest of cacti outside our unit at the Four Seasons Scottsdale.

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It doesn’t require any strenuous hikes into the desert to find these beauties, most of the photos were taken either along roadsides outside Scottsdale or near parking lots.

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Next week’s posts will include a garden tour with the Landscape Supervisor for the Four Seasons Scottsdale and some road trips in north central “Arid Zona”.  Today is TPThursday so head over to Budget Travelers Sandbox for other shots from around the world.

12 comments:

  1. That's something I certainly don't see here in Ohio. Beautiful. :)

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  2. And it is certainly not the kind of blooms we see in the Pacific Northwest, think that may be why we found them so fascinating. Thanks for stoppin by Tonya!

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  3. Super happy to be your 20th member! Absolutely gorgeous. I have family in the region so it is wonderful for me to see a bit what they must be seeing...merci and as I wrote over at my place, please keep going!

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  4. As you know, I love being "Lost in Provence" and would encourage others to be regular readers of your blog. Glad to have you among the followers of travelnwrite!

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  5. You don't ever think that cactus can be so pretty but the blooms on them are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us!

    And thank you for linking up this week!

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    1. Thanks Becca for letting us be a part of your Friday getaways.

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  6. Desert blooms are the only thing I find beautiful in the desert!

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    1. I used to think the same about the desert but having spent a bit more time there I am coming around to the beauty of its open spaces and sprawling hillsides especially at sunrise and sunset. Makes me admire those pioneers even more.

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  7. I love how the flowers are in such full bloom despite the heat. I have a cactus like the one in the last photo but mine has red flowers. I've not seen them so large though.

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    1. The last cactus is called a "Prickly Pear" in the southwest and they often use the flesh to make prickly pear jams and also offer a prickly pear margarita. The javalinas, the animals that look like wild boars or pigs, love these particular cacti.

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  8. Such beautiful photos! Love the "Arid Zona" nickname...I'd never heard that before but it's so fitting.

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    1. I have to give credit to Dick Jordan (Travel Tales from the Road blog)who tipped me off to that nickname. I will use it from now on. . .it nails it for sure.

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