mid-winter green in the desert hills

I made this image a couple of weeks ago…on the day that happened to be one year exactly since I had taken my last hike in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah. Β Oh, how the scenery has changed in that passing of time!!

mid-winter green in the desert hills

22 responses

  1. amazing!
    didn’t realize UT
    now resembles
    the Sonoran desert πŸ™‚

    March 10, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    • Yah…it is amazing how the landscape can change when you move 600 miles south. πŸ™‚

      March 11, 2015 at 7:18 am

  2. I was marveling today at the changes since I arrived 5 weeks ago. The cacti are blooming, there are spring flowers everywhere I look. Not looking forward to returning to NH and the snow! Is that Saguaro NP?

    March 10, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    • Yes, the desert is waking. I haven’t seen any cactus blossoms up here, but there have been plenty of wildflowers coming out. I hope to have a post of what I’ve found pretty soon. And no, I’m sure that you’re not looking forward to the snow in NH after spending the winter down here. Hopefully things will be mostly cleared-up by the time you get back there. No, the image is not of Saguaro National Park…that’s down around Tucson…I made this image while hiking in the desert about 15 miles north of where I live on the extreme north side of Phoenix. I guess you could say that this area is the eastern foothill region of the Bradshaw Mountains.

      March 11, 2015 at 7:31 am

  3. Oh, I am drinking in that green! It is just GORGEOUS! (can you tell we’re starved for color in the NE πŸ™‚ still no sign of the ground here…)

    March 11, 2015 at 9:19 am

    • Yes, that green is rather marvelous, isn’t it? I remember craving it around this time of year when I lived in SLC…while I loved the snow, I longed for the clear trails and the bright green of Spring….. I hope it arrives soon for you……

      March 13, 2015 at 7:35 am

  4. Such welcome verdant lushness–it looks like sage smells!

    March 11, 2015 at 10:56 am

    • And there is definitely a sweet and verdant aroma in the air when you’re out there in the early morning…if an aroma can be verdant (I think it can!) a chilled lightness that fades as the earth warms with the rising sun.

      March 13, 2015 at 7:37 am

  5. It’s nice to see some green. Does it stay that way all summer I wonder, or does it turn brown?

    March 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    • The green is not near as bright and the grasses are brown in the summer…and the heat is radiating back up at you from the earth…draining you of water and exhausting you…..

      March 13, 2015 at 7:51 am

  6. Girl Gone Expat

    A great lush scenery, nice shot! Love all the cactuses:)

    March 11, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    • Yep…there are quite a few cacti out there. πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2015 at 7:52 am

  7. I’m glad to see the desert looking so good!

    March 11, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    • The pre-summer mornings are very nice out there, Terry….green rolling hills with so many different kinds of rock thrown into the mix. πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2015 at 7:54 am

  8. Beautiful Scott! πŸ™‚

    March 12, 2015 at 10:46 am

    • Thank you, Adrian. πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2015 at 7:54 am

  9. So entirely different from that year gone past. Them Saguaros don’t provide much shade in that hot, dry climate. The green is rather unexpected, though.

    March 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm

  10. Yes, Gunta…so entirely different….and no, not much shade out there, either…and when you do find a spot, you have to watch-out for sharp rocks and cactus spines…and snakes……. πŸ˜‰

    March 13, 2015 at 7:59 am

  11. Lush landscape in the desert, so green! Dense area of saguaros, will be beautiful when they are in bloom!

    March 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    • Yes, they will, Tamara…and I’ll have to get back out there early in the morning to catch them before I’m the one wilting. πŸ™‚

      March 30, 2015 at 8:02 pm

  12. Had no idea it could ever be so green!

    March 18, 2015 at 8:38 am

    • It’s rather a surprise, isn’t it, Terri?

      March 30, 2015 at 8:02 pm

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