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.


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.






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.




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.


My favorites were the golden poppies.


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


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.




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.


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.



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.



I was so mesmerized by everything that I kept hiking.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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

Henry Van Dyke


23 Comments Add yours

  1. Hey they look like the california poppies and rudbeckia that bloom in my London garden in the summer x

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    1. I think the are called Mexican goldpoppies. So cool that you get flowers like this in London as well.

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  2. Absolutely beautiful! I haven’t had the pleasure of spending time in Arizona so I truly appreciate the views in your blog 😊

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  3. Tanya Kohl says:

    What a beautiful hike! I love seeing what it’s like in difference parts of the world. I love the flowers and that huge cactus.

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    1. Thank you, me too. always love seeing what other parts of the world look like.

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  4. Dandelion B says:

    Beautiful, my fave is those cacti!
    I dont know any winter except our canadian ones..cold wet grey and long.
    Nice that some corners of the world isnt covered in ice and snow between oct n april. For us is can snow as early as oct and as late as april!

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    1. Thank you. I have only been around snow a couple of times. It is beautiful but after awhile it does get to be a problem, like driving in it, frozen pipes and I hate cold temps. I don’t think I could survive in really cold weather, I was born and raised in a desert environment. I do love how the snow sparkles like diamonds though.

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      1. Dandelion B says:

        The first snowfall of the year is always magical but it gets old quick lol.

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      2. We got a lot of rain today here in the city. I think up north at Our Little Red House they are getting some snow right now.

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  5. Sitting in the middle of a cold snap your pictures are like a nice warm breeze 🙂
    Thanks so much for warming up my thoughts with your lovely post !!
    Take care and have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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    1. Thank you, hope you are all well and staying warm over there. Have a wonderful weekend as well.

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  6. 3C Style says:

    Gorgeous pics as always. I really like the little poppy coming up through the rocks. Strong and inspiring image.

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    1. Thank you. It amazes me how these flowers and plants will pop up anywhere.

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      1. 3C Style says:

        It is indeed amazing.

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  7. bionicOldGuy says:

    I’ve never seen poppies in the Arizona desert. Beautiful

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    1. Thank you. I think they go by the name Mexican Gold poppies. I need to research that. We should have a lot of wild flowers this year since we have been getting a lot of snow up in the high country.


  8. simplywendi says:

    wow. to have such beauty in the winter would be amazing! so much better than the ice and snow! 🙂

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    1. It is so pretty. I have a post coming up later this week (hopefully) where we all went on a hike during a rainstorm, it was so beautiful. Can’t wait to share those photos with everyone.

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      1. simplywendi says:

        I can’t wait to see them! 🙂

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  9. krcc says:

    Good for u for taking on hiking. Such adventurous exercise! Enjoyed these photos. Missed seeing those poppies. 🍂

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    1. I love those poppies, they come in yellow and orange as you know and are just so pretty. I have another post coming on next month on all the wildflowers. The one scheduled this weekend is from a rainstorm we had, we have been getting a lot of rain lately. I have one photo in that post where the poppy is covered in raindrops. My husband took it and it is my favorite photo so far this year. We try to get out for a hike at least once a week before the summer months hit us and then it is too hot to do much.


  10. daisydust02 says:

    Beautiful photos.

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