Photoblogging: Beautiful Southern Arizona

I have been driving a lot lately, traveling to work with horses and people either at their homes or at various boarding facilities. Along the way, I get to see some of the gorgeous southern Arizona scenery. Of course, there’s the the beautiful desert – saguaro, prickly pear and ocotillo. But there are also mountains of all shapes and sizes, miles and miles of grasslands and, of course, those amazing blue skies. Every once in a while, I even take the time to stop and take a photo. Here are a few for you to share …

tubacfall

I don’t miss the cold weather, but the fall leaves on the cottonwoods in the Santa Cruz River Valley near Tubac remind me of the northeastern Colorado ranch where I grew up.

summerflowers

These bright wildflowers line the roads and sweep across the grasslands near Sonoita.


meddaydesert

Prickly pear, cholla, creosote, grasses
and wildflowers form beautiful
roadside vignettes.


 

 

 

 

Fall Colors, Arizona Style

Fall in the grasslands

I’m fortunate to be able to work with many of my clients and their horses at their own homes. That means I get to do a bit of driving, much of which is on the outskirts of Tucson. But on Tuesdays, I get the scenic tour — Sonoita, Elgin and Rain Valley.

The 5,000-foot elevation and miles of rolling grasslands remind me of northeastern Colorado, where I grew up. This time of year, the wind wafts golden tufts and the afternoon sun paints the mountains pink and purple. What a lovely place to work!