Tag Archives: Desert

Wordless Wednesday: Native Saguaros

Standard

fullsizeoutput_cfd

Wordless Wednesday: Desert Trail

Standard

DSC03458

Wordless Wednesday: A Puddle in the Desert

Standard

img_3046

Wordless Wednesday: Rocks and Brittlebush

Standard

img_2984

Wordless Wednesday: Desert Mountain Trail

Standard

IMG_2988

Wordless Wednesday: Desert with Brittlebush

Standard

IMG_2983

Wordless Wednesday: Up the Stairs

Standard

IMG_2987

My Favorite Photos of 2019

Standard

I had opportunities to take a couple thousand pictures this year, so it was hard to pick just 10. Most of these favorites  I’ve posted previously, but some have never been seen by anybody before. I admit some are flawed, but I like them anyway, sometimes because of their quirkiness.

I did a lot of hiking this year in desert parks. I just love the look and feel of wilderness. This picture was taken at Boyce Thompson Arboretum:

gtcuHyTxQe64v%CR727G8g

A blooming cactus at North Mountain Park:

IMG_3416

A tree covered with blossoms on the grounds of the Arizona Renaissance Festival:

IMG_3263

Every February, wildflowers blanket a yard in my town:

IMG_3086

This is an icon in a Greek Orthodox monastery chapel. I purposely took this photo at a wonky angle, because of the candle holder hanging in front of the painting. I wanted to get a good shot of the mother’s sweet face, but it caused the Baby to look distorted:

IMG_3901

This was taken in South Mountain Park:

img_2995

A perfect red rose at the Rose Garden at Mesa Community College:

IMG_3560.JPG

These wildflowers in my yard grew from an unsolicited packet of seeds sent through the mail from the Sierra Club:

IMG_3490

I shot these cactus flowers in my neighborhood on my morning walk:

fullsizeoutput_e97

My daughter Katie on the footbridge at Boyce Thompson Arboretum:

image6

Wordless Wednesday: Desert Path

Standard

IMG_2688

Hiking in the Arboretum

Standard
Hiking in the Arboretum

Two Fridays ago my daughter Katie invited me to go hiking with her at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. It had been three months since the last time I’d hiked, so I was interested in an easy trail. In Katie’s memory, the High Trail at the arboretum was fairly level.

But to this old lady, it wasn’t. Not that it’s steep, but there are plenty of rises and dips, lots of rocks and steps. I was glad I’d brought my trekking pole; I couldn’t have made it without it.

fullsizeoutput_d82

The Arboretum is located on 392 acres adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. Its landscape is desert, plus hardy trees and beautiful flowers. Many of the trees have been transplanted from other locations.

DSC03515

DSC03511

We were fortunate to be there on a Friday, because we had the place seemingly to ourselves. There were plenty of cars in the ample parking, but the arboretum is large enough that you’re not bumping into the other visitors. On the weekends I believe there are larger crowds.

DSC03518

Boyce Thompson Arboretum, hiking

My daughter Katie ahead of me on the trail.

fullsizeoutput_d88

An example of the lush forest.

fullsizeoutput_d84

Interesting rock formations.

DSC03529

A fallen tree in the eucalyptus forest. Look at the root structure.

We’ve had an unusually dry summer, even for Arizona. Usually we have monsoons in July, and this little stream would actually have water in it.

 

DSC03520

All the pictures up to this point were taken by me. Unfortunately, my camera’s battery ran out halfway through our hike. Luckily, Katie took some gorgeous pictures with her phone that she was willing to share. All the rest of the pictures in this post are hers.

IMG_2686

Yours truly.

IMG_2702

Garden path.

IMG_2721

Butterflies!

IMG_2709

IMG_2725

Wildflowers.

IMG_2694

Shady path.

IMG_2682

Here you can see the roughness of the trail. Not horrible, but not smooth, either.