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[ photo walk ] xeriscape garden; chaparral park, scottsdale, arizona

yesterday i had a few minutes to take a photo walk — one of my favorite ways to spend a little “me time” — so i took a spin around the xeriscape garden at chaparral park in scottsdale. the last time i was there not much was in bloom. this time (and with special thanks to my good friend allegra) i caught a little bit of spring in the desert . . .

a lot of people (including myself at times) picture the desert as brown, dry and let’s be honest…kinda ugly… (our governor and her ugly politics don’t help…sorry; i couldn’t resist) but the desert can actually be vibrant and beautiful:

the gorgeous palo verde tree — beautiful in bloom, beautiful as it drops it’s flowers and covers the desert in yellow … achoo!! 😉
desert willow
complimentary colors in the arizona desert

okay, this last one i actually photographed at the desert botanical garden in phoenix last month, but i had to include it because it’s a stunning example of color in the desert. i love the gorgeous colors of a prickly pear cactus flower in bloom!

prickly pear cactus in bloom
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