Tiny gems in an Arizona desert.

“ God will give you the power to have peace in the midst of the storm”

Joyce Meyer

We got cold weather and rain in January, and along with that came a green desert.Nothing like the weather some of our states are experiencing but cold for Arizona weather, at least for awhile. I hope everyone is safe and warm out in those crazy cold areas. This time of year has always been one of my favorite times here in Arizona. The colors everywhere are so striking compared to the normal colors of gray, brown and white.

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I especially like seeing the little bits of green moss here and there. This is not something we get a lot of here in the hot desert, especially during our summer months.

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When the rain and cold finally go away and everyone gets up early to head out for a hike, there are some beautiful little gems to see.

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On this hike, that there were many visitors to greet my husband and I early in the morning. Pretty little flowers were all over the desert. What a treat for us both.

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My favorites were the golden poppies.

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Everywhere we walked, every corner we turned, we would see a pretty flower. All those colors were amazing.

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Whenever anyone in our family asks us the best time to visit Arizona, we always answer back, between the months of October-April. That is when the sun is out, the temps are cool and flowers are everywhere.

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Sometimes these beautiful golden flowers will cover a whole hill. Now that is a site to see, especially when you aren’t expecting to see so many colors in a desert.

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This was turning out to be another perfect hike. Every once in awhile, we would come across the tiniest little flowers, like these purple ones.

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Or this tiny treasure. You have to get in really close to appreciate the detail. Some of these flowers are the size of a pinky nail.

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I was so mesmerized by everything that I kept hiking.

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Then I turned around and realized we were miles away from the parking lot. If you look in this photo, you can see the freeway way off in the distance, well, that is where the parking lot was.

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I couldn’t help it, it was so pretty. We had to get back home though, errands and shopping for food for my mother-in-law.

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When we finally made it back to the parking lot we were greeted by these flowers as well, they remind me of daisies. If you look off in the background you will notice fencing posts and horse posts. You can not only hike our desert trails but also mountain bike or explore by horseback . It is huge and beautiful. There is so much to see.

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It is also really easy to keep going on one of our trails here in our state. So please remember to bring water, and let people know where you are headed. With all your supplies and camera in hand just have fun and enjoy the beauty all around you.

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Happy hiking everyone.

Forgot to add this last photo of a little poppy coming up through a pile of rocks. Such a determined little guy. All life needs a chance to shine and be seen. Hope you all had fun on this little hike with us.

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“ Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.”

Henry Van Dyke

 

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