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Springtime in the Desert

This week’s Photo Challenge is to celebrate Spring in photos. Sadly, here in Minnesota we have had the wettest April in 130 years and our Spring is very far behind. We don’t even have leaves on the trees yet nor do we have our gorgeous spring flowers. Instead of lamenting on how awful the last six months of weather has been here in the nordic Midwest, I thought I’d share some beautiful photos from our Spring break trip in early April to Tucson, Arizona.

Springtime in the desert is one of the most beautiful places to be. If you have never been to the Southwest before in the spring, it may sound ironic that spring inside a desert can be green. Yet Arizona experiences a beautiful, green spring with tons of rebirth, brilliant flowering plants, trees and cactus, and song birds from all over the place heading north for the summer. It is a wonderful time to visit Arizona.

Here are some of the lovely Spring photos I took during our recent visit to Tucson. You will see that it is the perfect time to visit!

Cactus are budding and blooming…

Desert Cactus buds

Desert Cactus buds

Desert Cactus buds

Desert Cactus buds

And flowers are blooming…

Cactus flowers

Cactus flowers

Cactus flowersCactus flowers

Cactus flowers

Flowering trees….

flowering trees

flowering trees

flowering trees

And fun times hiking, playing, horseback riding and enjoying spring in the desert…

hike to Maiden Falls

Hike to Maiden Falls, Ventana trailhead

hike to Maiden Falls

hike to Maiden Falls

View of city of Tucson from the top.

hiking

Hike with Grandpa in Sabino Canyon

Reid Park Zoo

Visit to Reid Park Zoo, Max and Sophia

Reid Park Zoo

Feeding the giraffes at Reid Park Zoo.

Reid Park Zoo

Being silly after a winter cooped up indoors!

Sophia's first time horseback riding!

Sophia’s first time horseback riding!

Happy Trails!

Happy Trails!

Enjoy a picnic and hike in Sabino Canyon

Enjoy a picnic and hike in Sabino Canyon

It is hard to believe that it has already been a month since we’ve been back from Spring Break. We were sure hoping that we would finally get our share of beautiful spring weather here in Minnesota but not quite yet. Instead, I will daydream about spring and keep looking to the sky for some much needed sunshine!

Stay tuned…

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring! To see more entries, click here. 

 

 

49 comments

  1. Your lovely photos warm me up. Another dump of snow forecast for us. Definitely no green trees yet. The desert flowers are so stunning!

  2. We are having much the same kind of spring here in Ontario Canada as you are in Minnesota. No leaves yet, lots of rain.
    I just love the Bougainvillea. Wish we were there.
    Leslie

  3. I really like the beauty of cacti so thanks for sharing those. All the photos were very spring-y. In Chicago, we’re only a little way into spring but hopefully it will warm up soon. My grass, however, needs cutting very badly but it’s too wet right now. 🙂

    janet

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  7. Nothing more special in spring than blooming cacti! You brought back lots of great memories for me with your photos Nicole. Hope spring arrives for you very soon. 🙂

  8. Oh, wow! Desert Spring is bursting with unique, colorful blooms. It’s like taking a peak into a magical world unknown to most of us. Thanks for taking us to this great adventure. Max and Sophia are growing up fast. Their Zoo trip is a lot of fun. All the best to you and your amazing family. Thanks for telling me about the popping ads from wordpress. It’s been annoying me too. I will have to check on it further or just stop the wordads all together.

    • Thanks! Yes the kids are growing up so fast, it is sad. That is why we need to enjoy each and every day right! As for the WordAds, I’m surprised they would put the ads on each image!!!! Crazy.

  9. The Southwest is one of my favorite sanctuaries. Cactus are underrated plants. Their flowers are such wonders. It’s great that you introduced your children to the marvels of this part of our country.

    • Yes I just love the Southwest. I’m lucky that my parents have lived there for over 20 years so I’ve been there many many times and I always love it.

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