Thursday, July 29, 2010

Switching Gears -SWF

Greetings from the Sonoran Desert.  These pictures are from this morning.  I'm back at home in Southwest after being away for a month.

It was wonderful to visit family in New England and now I'm settling back into my familiar, ultra-simple, slow-paced lifestyle of enjoying leisurely sunrise strolls in the desert...

noticing shapes and colors of clouds (such as the glowing heart)...

appreciating feathered friends...

puttering around in the garden...

and thinking about what to make for Sunday brunch and dinner.
See what's happening in the sky around the world at Skywatch Friday hosted by Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia.

Special thanks to Clytie for pointing out the glowing heart cloud (3rd image down).   Check out all the fun Guest Hearts Thurday at Clytie's Random Hearts. :)

51 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Welcome back home, I'm glad because I love to take these walks with you!

Sylvia K said...

I have to repeat what Ciel has written, I love to take these walks with you as well. Marvelous photos, lovely colors, gorgeous skies! Just doesn't get any better, Diane! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

CIMPOACA LAURENTIU said...

great images...

Regina said...

Wow these are pretty amazing Diane!
Glad your home.

" Happy SWF Weekend "

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Welcome home, Diane... BUT--I now you miss that precious baby!!!!!!

There's a 'world' of difference between Arizona and New England, isn't there????

Beautiful pictures... The sky colors are fabulous.. You won't see that in many other places!!!!!

Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Tracy said...

Welcome home! I know must have had a wonderful time with your family and new grand baby. It's so nice to have you back. I can never get up early enough to see the sunrise.

Clytie said...

I love your pictures ... but when I looked at that third one down, I had to gasp - do you realize you caught a glowing heart cloud?

This would be PERFECT to link to Guest Heart Thursday!

clytie-randomhearts.blogspot.com

I hope to see you there!!!

Loree said...

Welcome back. I am sure you must have had a great time with your family. I think the first picture is particularly serene and beautiful.

Martha Z said...

You captured quite a variety in your desert skies. I'm sure your glad to be home but I bet you are missing your little guy.

Dani said...

great captures. And an amazing heart Clytie noticed there.

Have a great weekend!

BraCom (Bram) said...

wonderful pictures, very nice colors

Regards, Bram

Seen on Skywatch Friday

Icy BC said...

Amazing sky pictures, and of the critters..I'm glad you had a chance to see your family!

Barb said...

Welcome home! I know you had a wonderful time visiting little TJ, but I did miss your desert skies. Love that second shot - I see the blooms are long gone!

Lindy MacDuff said...

Welcome home, although I'm sure it was difficult to leave your sweet grandson.

Beautiful skies, as always, and now monsoon season has come and the skies will be even more magnificent.

SquirrelQueen said...

Welcome home! It's good to have you back.

I love those beautiful skies, the first photo is magnificent and I adore the glowing heart. Great shots of the little bird and the bee.

eden said...

Great images. Love the bird photo so much. Thank you for sharing

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. The sunrise views are fabulous with lovely mix of colors.

Julie said...

Welcome back home!!! Gorgeous skies there! I know you are happy to be back to your beautiful area and routine. It was too quiet while you were gone!!!
Julie

Carol said...

Amazing shots! Gorgeous skies....and oh, those limes...

chubskulit said...

Beautiful sky shots!

My Skywatch

Gaelyn said...

There is something very special about AZ sunsets, and also the simple routine of Home. Welcome back and thanks for taking us along.

Allison said...

Gorgeous. It is so nice to have you back Diane! I was missing the southwest through your eyes! Cheers. Allison

J Bar said...

Spectacular shot.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

eileeninmd said...

A beautiful morning sky, the photos are all lovely. I like the feathered friend too. Happy skywatching!

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

wonderful captures!! regards

rainfield61 said...

Home sweet home.

And love to see update from the desert. The place is so quiet without you.

Kcalpesh said...

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'Tsuki said...

Lovely colors ! Such a pleasure to discover you place with those beautiful pictures...

clairz said...

The pace is really quite different between New England and the Southwest, isn't it? These are all wonderful shots, but I have to say that my very favorite one is that photogenic and smiling young "Happy Camper." You must miss him so!

betchai said...

welcome back Diane, so glad to be seeing your desert pictures again, your sunrise are gorgeous, oh, the sky in the desert are always gorgeous.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Welcome back home! love all your gorgeous photos! The skies are stunning!

Francisca said...

I'm ever so rarely up early enough to see the sun rise, so I sure enjoyed this walk with you! Gorgeous captures.

Manang Kim said...

Awesome collection of beautiful sky. happy weekend!

SWF~Fiery

Elettra said...

it's nice to travel but is also good to be back home

angryparsnip said...

Tried twice to comment but thanks to comcast (boo-hiss) I have such internet problems.
Soooooooooo, very late welcome back.
We have had some great skies while you were gone.
I love seeing your cloud photos.

cheers, parsnip

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Oh my Diane, I do not know which of those first three shots I like best, they are all spectacular.

sebi_2569 said...

nice photo;bravo

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

yes..superb images! colors an places!! regards

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

You're capturing them soo beautifully!
Amazing shots!
B xx

KaHolly said...

Hi Diane, glad you had a nice trip. As usual, your shots are terrific! ~karen

Sunny said...

I'm glad you had a nice trip to New England.
What beautiful sunrises you have in Arizona, such amazing colors.
I am about 8 miles from Shelburne Falls, we may have been there on the same day. It's a small world!
☼ Sunny

Diana (Di) said...

Beautiful photos, Diane. Welcome home... for there is no place like it. Have a wonderful weekend.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Welcome back and hope you had a great time. Your feathered friend is precious. The sunrise photos just breathtaking.

Prospero said...

Welcome home, Diane. I see that you have missed your desert (your loving photographs were my first hint).

jeannette said...

The 2nd pic is my favorite, because you can only take that one in the desert!:)
Guess you already settled back into your own house:)

Melusine said...

Fantastic view from the desert!

blog with no name said...

There's no place like home! Glad you had a wonderful trip, and glad your home safe and sound!

Arasu said...
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Arasu said...

It's a pleasure to see again the desert photos. The cloudscape with three lights in the horizon looks beautiful and brings up the morning mood.I like the bird sitting on the 'v' shaped tree branch.

Ayie said...

I love to stare at skies and this is one of those I love to look at

Sharon Creech said...

Love the scenes and the variety you show us.