Wednesday, February 2, 2011







"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in seeing with new eyes."  ~Marcel Proust

45 comments:

Pete said...

as always great photos.
the bird looks like something similar that we have here
have a great day

desertsandbeyond said...

Great pics! Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

First, I must say hi to that adorable Tyler Jet! I love seeing hom on your sidebar! Then I can say what a cute little squirrel that is!!! Awesome photos, Diane!

***Icy BC said...

A great collection of photos, Diane. What a different between your world and mine!

angryparsnip said...

Wonderful photos !
Especially like the Cardinal.
Can you believe the freezing temps we have been having at night ? Where is the rain ?

cheers, parsnip

Amin said...

Hello!
Very beautiful photos!

Allison said...

Wonderful animal photographs! I love the little squirrel!

Magpie said...

Gorgeous pictures! I love the depth in the first photo. The little squirrel is, of course, a show stopper. I love seeing things through "new eyes".

Clytie said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures. I too am in love with that perky little squirrel ... or is it a chipmunk? I'm not sure! Either way, he's ADORABLE.

Diane AZ said...

Hi Clytie, the little guy who looks like a chipmunk is a Harris' Antelope ground squirrel. :D

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

I could kiss that horse right on his nose. Or hers. I just adore horses. I went to Fountain Hills yesterday and north of the highway there was a whole herd munching whatever they could find there. I was in the wrong lane to take a picture.

Gaelyn said...

Beautiful images of your desert. The horses look content.

tom sullivan said...

Nice quote and photos.

Loree said...

Oh that bird is so cute - well so are all the other animals in the photos.

cieldequimper said...

Hello little bird, you are so sweet to have posed! Have you ever read any Proust?

LauraX said...

Isn't it amazing how different the world looks where you are and where I am? Completely different colors, textures, lansdscapes...both so beautiful:)

EG Wow said...

I like the idea of seeing with new eyes!

rainfield61 said...

It seemed like the squirrel is greeting me "Happy Chinese New Year".

Annie said...

Is that a desert cardinal I see??? How surprising and handsome.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Wonderful photos Diane. Looks all the critters are coming out to eat the new green shoots!

Naturegirl said...

Diane I'm loving your images of the cardinal..did not know they were here in AZ!!
It's about this dramatic drop in temps today....BRRRR!!!

Diane AZ said...

Hi, the bird is a Pyrrhuloxia, the SW cousin of Northern Cardinal. Cardinals are found here also. :)

tracy said...

Your photos are so beautiful. I never get tired of looking at them.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Diane, It's true that I am looking at things with new eyes --since I started photography... I see things which I never looked at before!!!!

Great pictures... Love that bird in the 2nd photo.
Hugs,
Betsy

Amin said...

Hello!
I liked the capture in the second photo very much!

SquirrelQueen said...

Great shot of the beautiful cardinal but my favorite of course is the little ground squirrel. He is adorable but he looks so tiny compared to our tree squirrels.

Amin said...

I love to ride the horses...

Dani said...

Amazing photos. and the sky heart is awesome.

Clytie said...

Tee hee, yes I found a heart in your beautiful sky shot - do you see it?

You were featured on Guest Heart Thursday!

clytie-randomhearts.blogspot.com

Diane AZ said...

Hi Clytie, Thanks for noticing the blue heart. I'm delighted that you featured it on Guest Heart Thursday!

Darla said...

Gorgeous; the landscape with the trail could be a postcard -- incredible.

Luzia said...

Your nature impressions are so exciting! I love this bird and the phantastic smile of your grandson:D.
Luzis wishes you a happy weekend!

Lindy MacDuff said...

Lovely images! It's been a while since I've seen a Pyrrhuloxia.

Amin said...

Cute!

kasthurirajam said...

beautiful

betchai said...

oh wow, what beautiful set of pictures Diane, your blog is really very enlightening, you are showcasing the great diversity and beauty in a desert.

Boonie S said...

I enjoyed the profound words, and I love your desert shots.

All the best, Boonie

Amin said...

Lovely!

Tiago Braga said...

OHHHH so cute :D
love the bird, love the squirel!
and the frist one, you capture a very nice sky, awonderful!
let me invite to view my space! hope you like it http://tiagophotografy.blogspot.com/ , i wish thath somehow my work can inspire you .....

Hugs from Portugal! :D

Amin said...

Hello!
The color of the first horse is very beautiful!

Anya said...

So fantastic shots :-)
Love it all .....

(hugs for Tyler Jet from us all :))

Kareltje =^.^= Betsie >^.^<

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´Anya

Amin said...

Very colorful collection!

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

I love, love, love those pictures!
What great colours and composition!
Thanks for sharing.

Ayie said...

I missed to see these great shots as we are still on vacation =)

just want to drop you a happy valentine's greeting too! hugs!

KaHolly said...

You certainly are an accomplished 'picture taker'. These shots are so wonderful, I could eat them right up!! So glad I stopped by. ~karen