Friday, April 5, 2013

It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This!!

by Deanna


It’s Thursday afternoon, I’m on vacation and it’s my turn to post.  I have been contemplating, worrying and wringing my hands (not really wringing my hands) about this post for the last 3 or 4 days and I haven’t been able to come up with anything new or noteworthy.  When we have such a fine group of talented ladies posting such wonderful, informative & beautiful posts 5 days a week, it seems to get more difficult, for me anyway, to come up with something original. 

Remember I said that I was on vacation, this time I am in Phoenix visiting and staying with good friends and also spending some time with Terri & Carol from our group, Focusing on Life, along with Barbara Hurst & Barbara Carroll.  Many of you know both Barbara H & Barbara C….both wonderful photographers and friends.  We had decided that the botanical garden would be a perfect place to spend our time together.  We met at the front gates of the Phoenix Botanical Gardens and as we greeted & hugged each other our anticipation for what may be inside those gates of the arboretum was exciting.  We were not disappointed. The weather has been warm, the cactus have begun to bloom, and the wildflowers are in full beauty.   Exploding colors everywhere.  Anyone that says there is no color in the desert, is dead wrong.  And since pictures speak louder than words…..

There were oranges....


And blues....


And whites.....


And various shades of pink....




Then we went to the butterfly house and found more colors....just how many ways can nature give us beautiful black?




So instead of lots of words this time.... I give you lots of pictures.  How can I possibly come up with words as beautiful as these pictures....flowers in multitudes of colors, and butterflies with  their graceful beauty.   What a fine, fine day spent with the beauty of the garden and the beauty of wonderful friends.  It doesn't get much better than this.


21 comments:

Nicki said...

Beautiful group of women, stunning group of flowers and incredible example of Nature at Its Best with the butterflies.

Have a wonderful time.

Dotti said...

Thank you so much, Deanna, for sharing some of your wonderful day with us here at FOL! I know we all wish we could have joined you. I thought about you all day yesterday and knew you were having a terrific time together. Lovely to see all of you together!

Carol said...

I just love these communities! Seem no matter where a meet up happens its a mixture of BPC, prompt addicts and fol friends. Is amazing that its been so many years that we have all " worked" together at our passion. And we're all still smiling and just beginning to meet each other! Love it
Deanna these shots are just so beautiful. I love the daisies and the first butterfly the best , but really I love them all. Congratulations on making your time together happen and thanks for sharing the fun!

Livingsta A said...

Wow, a beautiful bunch of pictures! Thank you for sharing this with us! Have a great holiday Deanna! :-)

Linda/patchwork said...

Looks like you're all having a wonderful time.
As usual...beautiful photos.

Thanks for sharing.

CarolHart said...

Just love your post Deanna and am so impressed that you put this together the same day of the event and while traveling! You rock! All of your images are beautiful but am particularly impressed with your butterfly images. Wow! Thank you for sharing your view of the day.

terriporter said...

Oh, my, Deanna! This is such a beautiful post and really tells the story of our day yesterday. Beauty all around, both in our surroundings and in being together. As Carol said, I'm so impressed that you put this post together last night, textures and all! I really can't pick a favorite but I do love that brown and teal butterfly and the perfect texture you used. Can't wait to see what we all capture today!

radish38 said...

Deanna, I really love the butterfly with the blue/green in the wings. Lovely photo of the group. Occasionally you women post photos of those in the group. I would like to suggest you would give a listing of who the people are in the order in the photos. Several of you have been in classes, so it is nice to match up faces. But maybe you do not want to make the group that public. Happy Vacation.

heyjudephotography said...

I always find it so invigorating to shoot in a new place, and your photographs show just that. So pretty. I love the white flowers, and all of the rest! Looks like you're having fun with everyone.

Linda said...

You certainly put together a beautiful post! I love the picture of everybody! My favorite flower picture is your first orange flower! Just stunning! It's nice to see the desert in bloom!

hootnonny said...

Pictures speak louder than words. Glad you're having a wonderful time.

http://vivhalliwell.com said...

Wow what bright colours so glad you are having such a wonderful time...

Sheri said...

So incredible. I love seeing how different the flowers are in different parts of the country. Have a wonderful time Deanna!

Ida said...

Stunning photo's. I love them all.

Leigh said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos Deanna! I know you all are having a wonderful time together :)

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

Awesome awesome photos, Deanna! You ar right! It doesn't get any better than this. Some day I hope to join you girls.

radish38 said...

Regarding my origional post above. I think I can not see the forest for the trees.

travelintoadventure@gmail.com said...

Wow - wow wee -- your photo shots are gorgeous!!
Hugs

AFishGirl said...

My hormones must be attacking again, the group photo made me all teary. Bless you for putting this up, Deanna.

Barbara said...

Amazing women and stunning photography! I wish there was a group like yours in Holland.

stamper2 said...

No need for words for this post......the photo's are vividly telling your story! Just stunning photographs! Nature provides such beauty. What a special time to share with your friends! :)

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