waylaid by a field of flowers….

The last eleven miles of the trip to Sycamore Canyon were on a dirt road that started out good and ended up bad…clouds of dust rolled up behind me in the morning light, making a hazy contrail that faded and ran in the rear-view mirror…eight miles to go and I almost didn’t stop….seven miles to go and I couldn’t not-stop. ย They stretched that far, first thin and then full. ย I got out of the truck and was surprised at the coolness of the air…and the light perfume that rode on its tiniest breezes. ย There was a fresh sweetness everywhere…literally surrounding me on this high-desert plain.

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22 responses

  1. Oh, I miss it!! What a beautiful find!

    April 30, 2015 at 7:58 am

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Laura. ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 9, 2015 at 11:56 am

  2. Lovely, gorgeous color to brighten the desert. It certainly isn’t all dried up prickly thorns.

    April 30, 2015 at 10:30 am

    • No, it certainly isn’t ALL dried up prickly thorns. ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 9, 2015 at 11:57 am

  3. Such nice soft colors ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    • They were an unexpected find….and if you can imagine the breeze smelling as sweet as they look, it was just wonderful. ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  4. Wow, did you ever choose the right time for that visit! Beautiful!

    April 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    • “Serendipitous” sums it up, for sure!

      May 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

  5. Beautiful Scott!

    May 1, 2015 at 3:05 am

    • Thank you, Adrian. ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm

  6. That must be a rare sight in Arizona. Beautiful!

    May 1, 2015 at 6:18 am

    • It was rare for me, Allen….this “beautiful desert” stuff is still new to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm

  7. A gorgeous sight, what beautiful color! There should be a scratch and sniff thingy here! ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 2, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    • It was wonderful….hard to drive away from, actually. ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 3, 2015 at 1:18 pm

  8. Liana

    GASP . . . haven’t been here in too long. Takes my breath away every time, then I take a long drag on the images and I’m breathing again, deeper, calmer.

    May 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    • Oh, wonderful words…. ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm

  9. settleandchase

    Love how you’ve described this, so atmospheric..

    May 10, 2015 at 11:25 am

    • Thank you, Cath…..I couldn’t help myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 28, 2015 at 7:45 am

  10. Laura

    So pretty, ………..but what are these flowers? We have them blooming here, and I haven’t managed to ID them yet. Thanks!

    March 14, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    • I’m not sure, Laura…I’ve looked at a few different wildflower and Arizona-specific sites and haven’t been able to determine what they might be.

      March 19, 2016 at 9:04 am

      • Laura

        Hello again, and thanks. We have since determined that these flowers are annuals (re-seed themselves each year), and are called Evening Scented Stocks. They are blooming here again now! We first discovered them two years ago, like you, “waylaid by a field of wildlflowers.”

        March 19, 2016 at 5:02 pm

        • I’m glad you’ve found-out what they are, Laura…and thank you for sharing it with the rest of us….”Evening Scented Stocks.” How nice that you’ve enjoyed them for two years now. It’s been a year since I found them out here…by a week or so…maybe they’re still blooming strong…up the road a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚

          April 5, 2016 at 9:02 pm

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