Prickly Pear Cactus backlit by the Arizona sun
Do you see this as a lonely road? Would you welcome a week or a month on this hill, camped in the vastness, opening yourself to the sky and seemingly endless horizon? On the other hand, would you soon long for trees to break the sameness and provide a relief from the inevitable Arizona heat? Would you walk the road to there and back, exploring the world beneath your feet, or would you use it to escape into the city or suburb?
It’s always fun to respond to Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post. Click on this link to see the many creative responses to his challenge to represent the idea of attraction.
We are attracted to many things. Google quotes about attraction and you will find the overwhelming majority refer to that mysterious magnetic relationship between two people. But aren’t we also attracted to our child’s giggle, our grandmother’s biscuits, our best friend’s laugh, our dog’s antics? What about the brilliant sunset or the crash of ocean waves or the piece of rich dark chocolate?
I am, of course, attracted to certain people, but nature captures my attention as well. I am attracted to flowers, especially yellow flowers, and I was rewarded with these beauties which I found today at the Desert Botanical Gardens, which is a Tourist Attraction.
This is the tree in the previous post. While taking pictures of the mountains in the distance, I turned to my left and was struck by the fragile power of the lone tree. I focused with the tree smack in the middle of the image, knowing that I would probably crop it later.
I want you to see the steps I took in post to get the image that I might print.
Take a look at the sky in the image as I shot it. See the spots? My sensor was dirty but I didn’t realize it. (The camera is, at this moment, “in the shop” having its sensor cleaned
For those of us who love an excellent glass of wine, it makes perfect sense to pray for a healthy crop of grapes, doesn’t it?
For more than three decades, wine enthusiasts have gathered in this little corner of Arizona, just a breath away from the Mexican border at Nogales, to ask God’s blessing on the vines of Sonoita Vineyards. The vineyards began in 1973 as an experiment by a soil specialist at the University of Arizona who discovered that the soil here is similar to that in the Burgundy region of France. You can read more about Dr. Gordon Dutt, founder and original winemaker at Sonoita Vineyards here.
Yesterday, my friend and I took a day trip into Southern Arizona to tour the winery, sample one delicious wine after another, and join in the prayer and thanksgiving.
These Euryops color the desert foothills and my back yard (er, patio). Because yellow flowers seem so joyful, I have surrounded myself with them this spring.