My Backyard: Take 2!!

This is my second attempt at this post.  The first one that I wrote somehow became lost?  I will gladly accept that operator error is to blame.  So here goes take 2, of “My Backyard”…

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My Arizona Sunset

I read a lot of blogs, most of them are knitting blogs and the majority of the people who knit live in an area that has 4 true seasons.  I do not however, I live where there are 2 true seasons, hot and kinda cold.  My home is in the Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona and I wouldn’t live anywhere else.  I was born here and have lived most of my life here.  I have on several occasions lived in Southern California, which is very nice, but no thank you.

I am starting a series that is called My Backyard.  My idea is to share how beautiful and diverse the Arizona desert is with everyone.  I love seeing other bloggers share their woodland walks, beautiful fall foliage, spring meadows with wildflowers, coastlines with crashing waves and fresh fallen snow.  But here is the thing you might not comprehend, we have all of the above and so much more; except for the ocean with crashing waves, (although the ocean is only 6 hours away from our home)!  😉

Beginning with yesterday evening, the sunset pictured above, was my view looking west from our home.  I think it matches our state flag pretty darn well, wouldn’t you agree.

This morning as I was walking around outside, I captured some photos of one of the many butterflies who are visiting our yard.

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Queen Butterfly

The Queen Butterfly is a cousin of the Monarch, they are smaller and sometimes mistaken for a Monarch.  They are part of the ‘Milkweed’ family of butterflies.  My butterfly that I photographed is a male, because of the 2 black patches on the hind wings seen when wings are open.  It is always fun trying to chase a butterfly around with a camera and it never fails when you put the camera away, they will then pose just perfectly for you!

We are still hot here, but the heat is starting to taper off and it will leave us with my favorite time of the year, Fall.  We have summer rains called monsoon, these rains bring our second round of wildflowers of the year.  Some of these flowers come from cactus plants.  Don’t be fooled by the cactus, they are not just spines, ouch and pain; they are also amazingly delicate and gorgeous.

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Assortment of Cactus Flowers

The rainy season creates some of the prettiest skies and I love to photograph the humongous puffy white thunderheads set against the deep blue sky.  Here are some pictures of our sky as the storms buildup in the afternoons, rain down on us and then leave awesome sunsets.

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An Arizona Monsoon Day

After the rains of the monsoon season, we are left with a desert lush and full of life, not what you would expect from a desert that just survived the extreme heat of summer; but which makes the Fall time of the year so beautiful. The Fall months are drier with an occasional rain shower and an average daily temperature of around 84 degrees Fahrenheit and mid 50’s for the night-time.  You will hear no one complaining about the weather in a few weeks.

I hope that you enjoyed a glimpse into my backyard and I have so much more to share with you.  I would love to know if you have ever been to Arizona and where your backyard is?

Until next time,have a blessed day!

Deanna

 

All pictures belong to Deanna Klell

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