Monday, August 2, 2010

Sunshine after the Rain








golden sunshine
after the desert rain
soft footsteps

51 comments:

Brenda's Arizona said...

Lovely! Summer rain has a cleansing affect, and your photos reflect it!

clairz said...

I second Brenda's comment. These photos look like hope and are an illustration of the abundance of life in the driest of places.

The light on the cactus in the second photo is perfect, absolutely perfect.

Icy BC said...

Your pictures are gorgeous Diane! I love seeing the cacti in your area since we don't have them here!

Lance said...

Diane,
What beautiful scenery...to soak this is...wonderful...

cieldequimper said...

Look at that smile! No, I don't mean the deer, I mean that gorgeous little 'un! :-)

I really am glad that you are back, this is another fabulous collection! I especially like that big, prickly cactus!

Martha Z said...

Beautiful shots, it looks like you are getting you monsoons. I wish a little of that would head up to the Sierra. I'd love to see some thunder storms
That's a great shot of TJ, he is soo cute!

Sylvia K said...

What terrific shots, Diane! Absolutely breathtaking! Do love the cactus! Thanks for sharing the beauty! And of course, TJ is just the cutest! What a smile! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Loree said...

You've had rain? You are so lucky. I am really longing for rain but I think it will be a while yet before we see any.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots from the desert. The cactus and the flowers are beautiful.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

What a beautiful place you live. My sister moved to Phoenix last year and I helped her move. I took soooo many pictures of the saguaro's and other cactus it was crazy. But I could only stay 24 hours. Next visit I will have more time. Love these photos.

As you can tell I am a succulent freakazoid and have my own blog.

Happy Cactus Monday!

Julie said...

How beautiful. Isn't it amazing what a certain light will do to the beauty of the plants and landscape? That cholla photo is devine! HCM!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful pictures, Diane... Rains just seem to clear the air and make things even more beautiful... Love seeing your area.

Love also seeing the pictures of your daughter and TJ... What a gorgeous baby.
Hugs,
Betsy

Stephanie said...

It's the best time to be outside. After the rain the temperature will not so high and everything will look so clear and bright. Love your pictures!!

DoanLegacy said...

Gorgeous pictures and sky watch of your area! The deer is such a treat to see..

blog with no name said...

Marvelous! Such a blessing to see a deer... Magical creatures...

Gaelyn said...

And the air smells special while the desert sparkles. Plus those cactus fruit look almost ripe enough to eat.

rainfield61 said...

Wow, I see so many "rabbits" in your second photos.

Can you find them?

Krista said...

Beautiful photos, every one!

The Retired One said...

I adore these photos because I have never seen the desert in person!!

betchai said...

oh, beautiful photos Diane, all of them are calling me to the desert again, i am missing it already :(

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

How lovely, fresh and clean everything seems after a storm. I see the prickly pears are ready for eating. They have to be one of my favorite fruits.

Clytie said...

How absolutely gorgeous! That shot of the deer is stunning.

But my favorite (bet you guessed it) is the 2nd picture - the one of the cactus with the HEARTS!!! I would love to feature this on a future Guest Heart Thursday! May I?

clytie-randomhearts.blogspot.com

Tes said...

Such beautiful photos, Diane! The raindrops added drama to the red macro bloom -gorgeous. And a deer -wow! :)

Ayie said...

the whole surrounding looks so fresh afte rthe rain

Ann said...

The second photo, the cacti look like rabbits.

rohrerbot said...

I absolutely love your pictures....they capture the Sonoran desert....and the summer rains are wonderful! I look forward to reading your blog:)

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful shot Diane. The rain really brings out the colors in the desert.

Prospero said...

Hi Diane. I love that Opuntia fruit. Really stains your hands, though!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Those cacti are exciting!!! Love this series.

Ann said...

How much rain do you get? Used to learn in school how after the rain, you have all the flowers.

I am looking at some of my Malaysian photos and see some cacti photos. The Chinese call them the palm of the Gods.

Lindy MacDuff said...

What lovely visions from the desert! Love the reflection of the mountain in the puddle. The prickly pear fruit are beautiful accents of color. Lovely capture of the deer.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Simply beautiful and fantastic !!Great post !!

Allison said...

What a beautiful, vibrant pink! And the fuzzy one ... these are so much more enticing in their natural habitat, rather than the grocery store variety. Thank you for letting me peek in!

Vickie said...

Gorgeous images. What a grand welcome.

trav4adventures said...

Beautiful photos! And, the deer! Wow!

Annie said...

Love that second picture. That cactus looks like a mommy bunny surrounded by her babies. Fanciful, I know, but . . .

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Diane, Where are you???? I hope you are just out-of-town and hadn't told us that you were taking a bloggy break... I hope things are okay with you and your family...

Just thinking about you.
Hugs,
Betsy

Diane AZ said...

Hi Betsy! Ha ha, it does look like I'm taking a bloggy break, without even trying. Everyone is fine, I'm still here, just having fun around the house gardening, cooking and sewing. I've been on facebook regularly, and reading blogs but haven't thought of anything to blog about here. Very sweet of you to think about me. :)

fini said...

Beautiful sky!! I love your photos- I can even smell the freshness:)

Thendral said...

The color of the cactus(fruit or flower?) is very nice. just I went through your blog. I love all the pictures. I also like the blog "simply this ".

jeannette said...

Never seen the red fruit this big, Diane! Thanks for sharing:)
Bytheway -Tyler is a cutie!

birdy said...

Beautiful captures! I'm feeling the sweet smell of wet earth.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Such sunshine is always beautiful, and I love it :) Thanks for sharing your amazing photos :)

Regina said...

How delightful!
Happy weekend.
xo

Barb said...

Your Haiku and photos are refreshing! TJ is growing and getting cuter by the day!

Cher said...

i love the 6th image most!

Pete said...

perfect photos
thanks for sharing

Denise said...

How very beautiful these pictures are. The desert is blooming and that last shot of the deer behind the cactus is just fabulous. So enjoy your blog, thank you :)
An English Girl Rambles

Luzia said...

Wonderful impressions after the rain! Greetings from Luzia.

Neus said...

After the rain the colors are so bright!!. I love them!! ;-)

rainfield61 said...

Happy reading, happy gardening and cooking.

And a happy weekend.