Thursday, April 15, 2010

Looking up at the sky

Mostly blue skies and mild temperatures here for the past couple of weeks, perfect weather for enjoying nature outdoors with a camera. The photo meme Skywatch Friday encourages participants to gaze skyward.  Things seem optimistic from that perspective, don’t they?

Join the fun and see skies from around the world at Skywatch Friday hosted by Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, and Sylvia.

46 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Love the polaroid style photos and the way the plants soar up. Incredible how the birds don't seem to mind the prickly cactus!

Annie said...

Ocatillo. Kestrels. Saguaros. What memories of my time living in Southern California.

Rajesh said...

Awesome collection of shots.

Marie said...

An awesome post. Thanks for sharing.

tom sullivan said...

...if not more optimistic, at least more wide open.

Regina said...

How wonderful and beautiful!
Happy SWF Diane.

Regards.

Gry said...

Perfect pictures!

Donna (Texas) said...

Great collection of shots! Getting warmer there now? Beautiful country!

Laura Hegfield said...

beautiful :)

Barb said...

I'm hoping things will still be blooming next week! Your sky is a brilliant blue, providing a great contrast to those birds and blooms.

Anya said...

So many beautiful skyshots !!!!
That little bird on that cactus ;)
LOL

Its a long time ago that i saw such a beautiful bleu sky !!!
Amazing shots ....

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic shots as always, Diane! Love those deep blue skies and birds! What a marvelous outing! Thanks for taking us along! Hope you have a super weekend!

Sylvia

ewok1993 said...

what a fabulous collection of images. are you a professional photographer?

Neus said...

Oh, Diane! I love all these pictures! The California Poppy look great in contrast with the blue sky!:-)

Clytie said...

Stunning images! I like the way you have them framed as well.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome set of photos, Diane! I love all of them, they colros are just stunning.

betchai said...

beautiful pictures Diane, we have very similar landscapes, except we do not have saguaro here :( I wish we do :) the first one looks almost like in Anza Borrego. love your pictures the way you shoot up to capture the sky with the flowers.

eden said...

Beautiful pictures, Diane!Looks like you had a great time outside. Love all your pictures. Beautifully captured

J Bar said...

wonderful collection of shots
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Stephanie said...

That California poppy picture is really pretty ;-) Love the yellow against the blue sky.

Thérèse said...

So much fun to look at your post today!
I'll come back to see if I have memorized correctly all the names...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous sky pictures, Diane. They are so good--it's hard to pick a fav. I guess I like the one with the tall, thin cactuses... BUT---I love your bird pictures. That sparrow is a cutie...

Hugs,
Betsy

Gaelyn said...

It's hard to go wrong with that famous AZ blue sky as a background, and these images are All Winners. Such colorful blooms and birds.

Kcalpesh said...

Superb shots of nature! I love the way you've framed the pictures!

Pixellicious Photos

Naturedigital said...

When i am looking at your beautiful photographs Dianne.. i m wondering why that place is still being called a desert.
There is so much life and beauty in it..
Costas

LadyFi said...

A wonderful combination of blue blue skies and birds and flowers.

Loree said...

Beautiful photos. Wow. Those saguaros are so regal.

Icy BC said...

What a beautiful series of pictures, with gorgeous sky background, Diane.

Lance said...

Wow, these really all do feel so optimistic!! Lovely pictures!!

Judy said...

Great photos! The creosote flower is so much prettier than the name inspires! And I love the poppies against the sky!!!

http://graceolsson.com/blog said...

wonderful shots...magic shots
thanks for sharing
have a nice weekend
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Brenda's Arizona said...

Wow, these are gorgeous! Gotta ask, do you use a polarizer filter? The sky colors are just magnificent!

Diane AZ said...

Hi Brenda, I just have a point and shoot so I can't add any filters or lenses. I used -2/3 exposure compensation while taking these and then corrected the contrast in photoshop.

Piyush said...

What a beautiful set of pictures. Terrific. I love your presentation!

Prospero said...

Glad to see your Ocotillo, Diane. I tried to grow a species of this plant - sadly, it never germinated.

James said...

These are so beautiful especially the top and bottom photos.

I've really been wanting to go to the desert and take pictures. Unfortunatly there aren't any deserts around here.

uberrhund said...

Beautiful desert scenes! All the better from inside the house for me!
Went to AZ a couple weeks ago and went into allergy overload.
Creasote AKA Puckerbush to Motorcycle riders, is the pretty yellow flower of sneezing doom!
Very pretty though!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Such beautiful images from a landscape that is completely unfamiliar to me. These photos make me want to visit, and soon.

noel said...

aloha,

what a beautiful sky and corner of the world you are sharing with us this morning, love all the colors and different skyviews and critters!

noel

Powell River Books said...

All great pictures but I like the poppies best. I miss them up here in Coastal BC. - Margy

Arasu said...

The photos of plants, flowers and birds look wonderful, with the blue sky as background. The plant in the first photo look like horns.The poppy flower looks beautiful.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Excellent shots and the kestrel atop the cactus is a one in a million shot. Love it.

Tracy said...

Beautiful shots! It certainly has been a lovely Spring. I hate to see it go - which I know it will too soon.

Splendid Little Stars said...

a gorgeous series of photos, Diane!
I was in Arizona (Phoenix area) in April last year and it was the first time I'd been in the Spring.
Now I know what creosote looks like!

Evelyn said...

Great photos. The last one is unreal - like a stock photo!

Ayie said...

no desert nearby here so seeing all the beautiful photos you keep posting here makes me feel like being there too