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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Look What the Rains Have Brought

I'm going to miss our winter rains which were deliciously plentiful this year. This is the view from my office window looking out over the backyard. Such lovely afternoons spent here in recent months. Now it is Springtime, traditionally a much drier time of year in the desert.............but take a look at what this year's showers have given us!
The Sonoran Desert is now a carpet of green beginning to burst with color!

Wildflowers everywhere!

Such a lovely place to be this time of year.

Today I'm linking to Shadow Shot Sunday at Hello Harriet.....be sure to check out all the interesting photos on this site.

Also there are some gorgeous flowers at Today's Flowers and beautiful scenery at Scenic Sunday . Then for an interesting look around the world go to Sunday's in My City at Unknown Mami.

Finally I'm joining My World Tuesday G o on over and see what's going on in different parts of the world and Outdoor Wednesday for lovely outdoor shots.

38 comments:

Amy said...

Those photos are gorgeous. Came over here from Sundays in My City.

Prairiemaid said...

Love the beautiful pictures!

Have a great week.

Kathy said...

I must say that I don't ever remember our desert being so beautiful!

Vicki said...

A green desert! Looks amazing.

Kerri said...

I have never seen pictures of a green desert or perhaps I never paid attention. These pics are so pretty. I'd love to see it in person..wow.

Arija said...

Such beautiful wildflowers ... I love the Californian poppies in the mix.

Sylvia K said...

What terrific shadow shots! Love the rain and green desert and the lovely flowers! Beautiful collection of shadows as well beautiful things! Have a great day, Elaine, and enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Sonya said...

WOW just beautiful! the colors are so vibrant. I could use some of that right about now! Have a wonderful week:)

Ginny said...

When the desert is in bloom it is indeed beautiful. We drove through your area during Spring one year and were just amazed at what we saw! That is such a cool "shadow shot" too. Really creates the mood on a rainy day.

Carolyn Ford said...

I always love the winter rains in southern California. This year was wonderful because we know how beautiful the wild flowers will be in the deserts! We spent time out at Anza Borrego, California last weekend...it was popping with a green desert floor and wild flowers...so nice! I love you saguaro standing tall in all that green. Beautiful flowers...makes me smile!

Stine in Ontario said...

The desert is glorious this time of year!

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

Wow - - - that is one gorgeous desert spring!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Bravo! Gorgeous photos of your city. The colors make me happy!

Thanks,
jj

Lee Ann said...

wow so beautiful! very different to here, thanks for sharing xx

LDH said...

Hi Elaine! So nice to stop by your place for a visit and to see your beautiful pictures! The flowers are so bright and colorful!

I have perused a few of your posts and enjoyed getting to know you a bit! Thanks so much for stopping by my place and leaving your comment!

Kindly, ldh

Sweet Repose said...

I love it!!! I was just watching something on Nat Geo and they were talking about the spring rains of the desert, it looked just like your view...I love the desert!

Rachel said...

What kind of flowers are these? They're gorgeous! Are these in fields or in people's yards or what?

Elaine said...

Rachel, to answer your question these are Desert Marigolds and Mexican Poppies. You see them of course out in open areas growing wild, but some people actually sow these seeds in their front yards during late fall or early winter. In Spring their yards are a riot of color!

Amy said...

Beautiful pictures, Elaine. We aren't quite in Spring weather yet, but I have high hopes since there have some very warm days lately.

Have a great week!

Love,
Amy

AIRIA ART and PHOTOGRAPHY said...

i love your wild flower pics. maybe when i go out and about on road trip during the week i will see some here to in the nm desert.
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Joyful said...

Wow! It is green and the flowers are a brilliant colour too. Beautiful.

maiaT said...

You really have deep insight into human nature; you scared me away with your window photo, just to amaze me more with these gorgeous flowers.
Are these desert flowers? They are so bright and cheerful.

Elaine said...

Yes, Maia, the flowers are desert wildflowers.....Desert Marigold and Mexican Poppies. I'm glad you enjoyed them....they really are breath taking, whether they're in someone's yard or in a spacious field. :)

Becca said...

Elaine....love your "shadow-shot" of your window....very moody....perfect for a rainy day shot. I've never been to the desert Southwest but your photos make me want to visit!

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Cher' Shots said...

I love the variations of flowers that SPRING displays across the miles.

Carrie said...

Beautiful post. I certainly can see why you're enjoying Spring in your area....it looks gorgeous. I never would have thought the desert could be that pretty. I'm so glad Spring is finally getting to our area. I can't wait to get outside and enjoy myself. By the way, just wanted you to know I always enjoy reading your blog!

Regina said...

Lovely blooms and captures!
Enjoy the springtime Elaine.

J Bar said...

Beautiful desert shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. Just love those wild flowers.

SandyCarlson said...

So much that is beautiful! Gorgeous plants and flowers, Elaine. Wow.

Self Sagacity said...

they are very pretty - the scenes and your photography.

♥ ♥ ♥ said...

Stunning photos!!

Debbie

Unknown Mami said...

These pictures are exquisite! Thank you.

vincibene said...

WOW! Wonderful wild flowers! And the blue sky over the green desert - gorgeous!

Terry said...

Howdy Elaine
Oh how fabulous !
It makes me want to turn cart wheels just because :)
Thank you for sharing these awesome images today.
My Son has a company called Joshua Tree Carpentry ,yes my grown son is a carpenter :)
I can't wait to show him your photos !
Blessings of joy to you and yours.
Hugs from Texas
Happy Trails

Lawstude said...

these are truly amazing shots. you must have smile on your face when taking these because the outcome are truly heartfelt. great shots. thanks for sharing.

mabuhay!

Margo said...

I also live in Phoenix, and it is really green this year! I love the desert this time of year, everything blooming, and also the smell of orange blossoms.