You might recall that my family sends out Happy New Year rather than Christmas cards.  This year they are going into the mail on December 31st rather than on January 4th like last year, or January 14th like some years in the past. I know it’s already 2014 in some parts of the world, and I […]

This little guy was hanging out in a saguaro cactus at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.  Anyone know what kind of bird it is?  A thrasher, maybe? You Might Also Enjoy: Other Bird Posts Other Botanical Garden Posts

One of my favorite places to photograph in Phoenix is the Desert Botanical Garden.  It’s open year round, and its unique scenery changes with the seasons.  Here are three different cactus images from my trip to Phoenix for Thanksgiving. What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below? Cactus Photo #1.  Close up of […]

I have no idea what kind of flower this is, but its pretty pink leaves caught my attention at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.  Now that I’m back home in Kansas City, surrounded by cold weather and still melting snow, every time I look at this picture I feel a little warmer and hopeful […]

Three days later, after braving unseasonably cold weather, snow, and ice, we arrived in Phoenix where it was 20 to 30 degrees colder than normal but still much nicer than at home in Kansas City. This battle-weary Monarch butterfly floated across my path at the Desert Botanical Garden, and I thought it was symbolic of […]

We took our time driving the Petrified Forest National Park trail, stopping at the Painted Desert Inn, standing on an original stretch of Route 66, and photographing the Painted Desert.  At long last, we started seeing petrified wood. Below are three shots of petrified wood at the Petrified Forest National Park, although I could probably also […]

Within the Petrified National Forest is the Painted Desert.  I’m glad that the sun started finally peeking through the grey, snow-filled clouds by the time we arrived at that part of the park so that I could try to capture some of the natural beauty spread out in front of us. Below are three different […]