Friday, April 5, 2013

Letters On Friday (from Phoenix)

Dear Phoenix Weather, you know I wanted it warm and sunny, and you have accommodated me quite nicely, but I think you went a little over-board on the temperatures.  Instead of a pleasant 80, you were a little unpleasant at 90.  But, I am not complaining, just sayin....!

Dear Phoenix Botanical Garden, oh my you do have beautiful colors at this time of the year.  I was in colorful heaven with your masses of blues, pinks, reds, purples, yellows, whites and oranges.  Who says the desert has no color....ha!!





Dear Hummingbirds, oh how very sweet you are.  Now if you would just slow down long enough for me to get a really good portrait of you, that would be much appreciated.


Dear Mr. & Mrs. Quail, oh you are perfection with your beautiful array of colors and your little feather crowns you wear.



Dear Desert, I must confess, after all these years of not being a fan of you, I now seem to be enraptured with your beauty and your colors.



Dear Photography Girl Friends....what fun you all are and what fun we had together today.


For more info on the above pic, come visit my collaborative blog, Focusing On Life, to get the whole story.

Linking to Nancy's Random Five on Friday and Madge's Weekly Top Shot.


Weekly Top Shot #76


Floral Love


Dear Friends, having a wonderful time in Phoenix....wish you were here.

Until next time.....


39 comments:

  1. Oh Deanna a little tear in my eye Mark and I visited Terri's part of the world in 2011 around about now and had an amazing time at the Botanical Gardens. I loved the desert so much except it was a bit warm for me but hey air conditioning, anyway gorgeous colours and I agree about the humming birds but I got some good shots of lizards....

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  2. What amazing pics - as always. I am so glad you are enjoying yourself. Now don't complain too loudly about those 90 degree temps, it's barely hit the 50s this week back home.....

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  3. Oh, I love that bottlebrush plant! I am determined to get one for my yard since they seem to do so well here. So many pretty colors you captured. Love the photo of you and the girls. :)

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  4. Wish I was there too ;) what a wonderful pictures. I am even jealous of those temps.

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  5. We don't have quail where we live.. But I think I'm in love with them. Those feathers on top!
    Beautiful photos, they emanate warmth.
    We took a trip to Texas a few weeks ago, and it reached 90 there each day of our visit.. very warm!
    Still around freezing temps up here in northern Minnesota, though.

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  6. truly beautiful photos! love the blooms, the cacti, the quail!

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  7. Very pretty- you take the most beautiful pics! What fun to have a group of friends to photograph with!

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  8. Beautiful photos! I love Arizona and the desert, maybe because it's so different from where I live - and probably because it's warm and sunny and dry (did I mention sunny and dry?)That's a fantastic photo of you and your friends. Enjoy your trip!

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  9. Your photos really do show off the beauty of the desert! I love seeing the detail in the hummingbird and the quail.

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  10. Fantastic! So glad you are enjoying the desert! Thanks for sharing this!

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  11. Deanna, to spend time with girl friends with a common interest has to be such fun. You gals are looking sharp there!!

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  12. A beautiful top 5 through photos!

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  13. Dear Ms. Snippet, Thank you for sharing the bounty of our Maker!

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  14. The Pictures speak a lovely language - such a great time you've had (minus the heat)!
    Such a Blessing to meet with good friends :)

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  15. A wonderful collection of flowers and friends!
    The Hummingbirds usually return to us in April - I can hardly wait!
    Have a great week-end!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  16. We lived in Arizona for over 20+ years and I can vouch for the desert having LOTS of color, especially this time of the year. Oh, and love the little quail. Used to get a few that would run under our yard gate, and then run across the back patio, sometimes with their babies. Roadrunners were notorious for that as well. Such fun! Thanks for sharing. xox

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  17. You and your friends look like you're having fun! I am in love with that Botanic Garden. I'm going to AZ soon with girlfriends. Can't wait. Your photos entice me!

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  18. Wonderful photos! I love the Phoenix Botanical Garden. It has been years since I was there but remember it very well.

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  19. Looks like you are having a great trip, Deanna! Thanks for sharing the beauty of the Arizona Desert!

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  20. Thanks for sharing the lovely colors of Arizona! No color here yet.

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  21. such intricately made flowers... i always wonder how anyone can possible doubt God when seeing His intricately made flowers & such

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  22. Oh, beautiful quail and hummingbird! :) Your desert flowers are vibrant and magnificent indeed. Love.

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  23. What gorgeous flowers!! Glad you're having a nice time!

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  24. amazing gorgeous bird shots. too cool!! ( :
    have a great weekend.

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  25. Deanna, your photography is stunning! Wonderful to see all of you together.

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  26. I'm so glad you are having a great trip Deanna -- Love all of your captures, especially you with your photo gals crew!

    Thank you for sharing at R5F this week dear. xo

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  27. Such amazing shots, Deanna! I am continually enchanted at the way your eye sees things and the way you capture them. Love them all but that little bug at the end of the cactus spine just stole my heart! So lovely to get the pleasure of your company for a few days and I'm thrilled that you are falling in love with the desert!

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  28. Wow, truly beautiful Deanna! You were able to capture so many brilliant colors and creatures - thank you for sharing :)

    Hugs to you,
    Stephanie

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  29. What gorgeous color u found on your trip. Great Friday letters.

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  30. These are all such wonderful photos. Great work!

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  31. Once again your photos look amazing my friend. Looks like you are having a great time in phoenix. It was pretty warm here in Vegas as well.. I am pretty sure we are in for a extra hot summer. YIKES...

    Hugs~

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  32. Oh heavens. A post full of gorgeous pictures and moments ♥
    Thank you for sharing and joining Floral Love dear :)

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  33. I love. LOVE these. The details in all the closeups are so crisp. Beautiful

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  34. What amazing captures!! Stunning actually... I have not visited the desert this time of the year, but I must put it on my to do list. I am so jealous of you and you photography buddies! I yearn for a group to talk shop with.

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  35. It looks so wonderful there! I visited the Botanical Garden many years ago and I remember it was soooo hot that day! Your photos look gorgeous.

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  36. How great that you have so many friends with the same passion! I absolutely love this series of photos! The added texture to your hummingbird is lovely! You have captured the essence of Phoenix beautifully! Thanks so much for linking to our Spring Photo Challenge! We move onto our new prompt this Friday, turquoise/splash! Can't wait to see what you come up with! ;)

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  37. Your photos are so beautiful! As I scrolled down I kept saying, "Oh! Look at that!" I was completely ready to say that the second was my favorite, but then I saw the next photo and the next, and so on. Simply gorgeous!

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  38. I smiled the entire way through your post. Your collection of photos takes me back to my visit to Arizona last year, complete with a hike through the desert. It was a trip I'll never forget. :)

    Thanks so much for joining us in the spring edition of the Nurture Photography Challenge. Can't wait to see what you come up with for our next prompt! Sorry for stopping by so late!

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