8 months ago

Welcome to the Sonoran Desert, Beauty Unknown

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I moved my family to the southwestern United States in 2001 and little did I know what awaited us there. Like most mid west dwellers I thought of the southwest as a dry and desolate place with very little water and lots of snakes and scorpions. How wrong I was, mostly, there were some snakes and scorpions.

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Every spring we are treated to a magnificent display of color splashed across the desert landscape, it's splendor is limited only by the amount of rainfall received in the previous winter months.

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Orange, yellow and white poppies are in abundance everywhere standing tall in the spring sun while dancing in the light, cool winds.

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Even the tall and gnarly saguaro cactus seem more alive among the blooms, raising their long arms skyward as if singing the praise of spring.

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It is a short life these small beauties live. In just a few short weeks the rising heat of summer to come will dry the water from the soil and they will wither and die leaving no trace that they ever existed.

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Soon the dry harshness that was will return.

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And while the sun sets on this season of life.

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There remains other beauty yet to be seen.

I hope you enjoyed the photos. I live in the Southwestern United States as you can tell and love to share the beauty that is here with others. I find so many people truly have no idea of what the terrain here really is like and how beautiful it is.

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