April 14, 2009

The Painted Desert

So here we are, seemingly driving into the middle of nowhere.

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Them thar hills are pretty barren, eh? The desert usually is.

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And yet, you've heard of the Painted Desert, haven't you? The painted desert is certainly not lush. Not by tropical standards, anyway. But it is in bloom by desert standards. Just look:

Anza Borrego - Painted Desert

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It certainly has a beauty all its own. And it doesn't last long. Finding it on our daytrip was a total bonus.

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11 comments:

Tracy P. said...

Kinda reminds me of our snowscapes--finding color where you least expect it. There's a life lesson in there somewhere. :-)

Kelly said...

oh wonderful...

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

You certainly did find the beauty!

Deidra said...

It certainly pays to go slowly and look closely!

Leslie said...

the colors in that collage are beyond....your so gifted.

Michelle Johnson said...

What a beautiful place! I would love to go there!

Heidi said...

I love the variety in the collage. Tis true. Stop and look closely. Lovely comes in all shapes and sizes... and environments. :)

minnesotamom said...

Gorgeous, Susan! Now you're very near to where my best friend lives, too!

theArthurClan said...

God's creation truly is a wonder, isn't it? Gorgeous...

Karyn Kuniyuki said...

You have me rejoicing in our recent assignment to Arizona! I am a coastal wannabe myself so being sent to the dessert is a love/hate assignment. However, you've given me a new challenge that I WILL capture the beauty of this challenging environment! Beautiful photos, love the boys shooting too! Can I ask, did you create your template for these collages or did you download it somewhere, I like how you share so many photos at once, my mother would be grateful for me to do the same...

SKELLER said...

Karyn -
I have a super soft spot in my heart for Arizona. So very many awesome places there. I grew up visiting my grandparents on the Colorado River at Parker Dam. I love the desert and the mountains ... and the Grand Canyon and Sedona, and Flagstaff, and Lake Powell and Joshua Tree and and .... well, you get the idea. ;-) And here's some good news: the coast isn't *too far* away - certainly close enough for vacation!! :-)

I make most of my collages with Fotofusion (Lumapix.com). Super simple. Super quick. WAY easier than Photoshop. You can download their software to demo their product (it just puts their logo on your design unless/until you purchase).