vistas del desierto

This is just a glimpse of the area to the north and west of Lake Pleasant Regional Park.  It was close to noon on another “severe clear” day in the desert of Arizona…not a cloud in the sky and only recently attaining the temperature of “quite warm.”

Saguaro Cacti and mountain

Even though I lived in Arizona for over 20 years before moving to Utah, I still find it amazing to see so many Saguaro cacti.  I guess I didn’t get out of the city very often back then…something that I have already begun to remedy since returning.

mountain and Saguaro cacti afield


12 responses

  1. Gorgeous photo, you really captured the beauty of the raw physical nature of the Arizona desert in the first photo.

    July 9, 2014 at 11:10 am

    • Thank you, Charlie…classic Arizona.

      July 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm

  2. I used to have quite a collection of cacti and succulents growing in pots but I’d love to see them in nature. I guess if you’re riding a horse you’d have to go out of your way to get around them.

    July 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    • I’d postpone the trip until the late fall or winter months if you want to check them out in person, Allen…unless you really, really like the heat. 🙂 And yes, there would be no straight lines in traversing this desert….

      July 12, 2014 at 7:29 pm

  3. So nice to see you acclimating! 😀

    July 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

  4. The cacti look like characters to me, welcoming all to the mountainside with such greetings as: “Hello my friend”; “Welcome”; “Please come this way”! 🙂 Wonderful.

    July 10, 2014 at 2:31 am

    • I’m glad you like them so much, Meanderer. 🙂

      July 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

  5. I see you on that horse just outside the frame. 🙂

    July 10, 2014 at 9:13 am

    • Yep…just outside the frame…scratching my head and saying “Where are those snow-covered mountains? I know I left them around here somewhere….” 🙂

      July 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm

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