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Beautiful World // Arizona Wildflowers

April 19, 2012

I got the best surprise ever on our road trip last weekend (you may have a good guess if you follow me on twitter, or even if you read the title of this post!) – as we rounded a corner in the highway coming out of Payson, we were greeted with this AMAZING view:

I know I usually lean towards black and white – but how can you not try to tackle the color thing when you have this to work with?  I mean, this is the most vibrant Arizona ever gets – or at least as far as I have seen it! Pink, pink, pink.

Swoon! I love the spring for it’s rainbow explosion of flowers – autumn is the only season that could rival it in color, and it’s constantly a toss up in my book between which is my favorite.  Usually, I decide based on whichever one I’m closest to on the calendar.  Today, spring wins with flying colors (ha – sorry I couldn’t resist).

I have to give a little shout-out to my awesome husband too, as he was willing to take a 20 mile detour on our already 12 hour drive so that I could actually get to the flowers (they were all conveniently on the OTHER side of the divided highway, and as you can see from the photos, the two directions were not right next to each other by any means – nowhere in sight!).  He sure spoils me!

(Aside: balancing your camera on the roof of your car does not the best photo make, but hey, what are you gonna do?)

Dear Arizona, thanks for the brilliant show.

  1. S. Rochelle permalink
    April 20, 2012 12:52 am

    Every time you post photos from your travels it makes me long to get back to the southwest. Gorgeous shots and mad props to the hubby for being willing to take the detour!

    • April 21, 2012 10:12 am

      Sometimes I get tired of it and want to experience far away lands – but I am learning to be grateful and appreciate where I am at – thank you so much for the lovely compliment :)

    • April 30, 2012 1:10 pm

      Yes…very nice. Thanks!

    • May 3, 2012 12:31 am

      Were you on highway 95. I know the Arizona flowers. I wish I had a digital camera then .

    • May 3, 2012 9:13 am

      We were on 87 (Beeline) south of Payson!

  2. Abbi permalink
    April 26, 2012 7:33 am

    Definitely worth the detour!! Beautiful!!!

  3. April 30, 2012 11:16 am

    Absolutely spectacular photos — love how wildflowers can totally transform a landscape. I live in northern Nevada, and often while traveling between here and Vegas or here and northern California, I’m completely overwhelmed by the vibrant vistas! :)

    • April 30, 2012 1:47 pm

      it’s really amazing! especially since deserts can be so…brown :) thanks!

  4. April 30, 2012 11:28 am

    Beautiful images from a beautiful world! I adore the last pink flower shot! Great work. Great talent =)

  5. April 30, 2012 11:52 am

    Very nice adventure! I LOVE roadtrips and wildflowers, and it’s even better to do/see both at the same time lol. This is a GREAT time to see wildflowers especially. I just LOVE all those natural colors. They bring me peace:)

    • April 30, 2012 1:49 pm

      Thanks! Wildflower season isn’t until much later here in Colorado – I think the altitude is to blame – so I was really happy to find some on our trip to AZ.

  6. April 30, 2012 11:58 am

    The cactus flowers are beautiful!

  7. April 30, 2012 12:00 pm

    Definitely worth a detour and must say you have a real good husband who let’s you take such detours

  8. princessepiggy permalink
    April 30, 2012 12:09 pm

    beautiful indeed!!!

  9. April 30, 2012 12:21 pm

    Beautiful photos! There is one plant there in AZ that has a skinny green stalk and along the stalk are the brightest red flowers!

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  11. April 30, 2012 12:57 pm

    Brilliant colors, interesting angles, great pictures!

  12. April 30, 2012 1:01 pm

    I love pink and flowers. beautifuuuuuul pics

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  14. nickzantop permalink
    April 30, 2012 1:37 pm

    Great photos Annabelle! Wildflowers always make a trip much nicer. I’ve seen some fabulous ones heading north toward the Grand Canyon

    • April 30, 2012 2:08 pm

      Ah, the Grand Canyon – it’s definitely on our summer list, I haven’t been in ages!

  15. April 30, 2012 1:41 pm

    Nice pics. :) I really enjoy images of the southwest. Thanks for posting. :)

  16. April 30, 2012 1:44 pm

    Penstemmon! I have those growing in my yard. Very nice. And that is a great highway to go for a drive.

    • April 30, 2012 2:07 pm

      Definitely – it’s a long (and sometimes unexciting) drive from CO to AZ, but the Beeline is definitely one of the highlights.

  17. April 30, 2012 1:50 pm

    You did very well out of your car, amazing mini vacation for us. Beautiful! Thank you :)

    • April 30, 2012 2:07 pm

      Thank you! We actually pulled over – this was too good to just drive by :)

    • April 30, 2012 2:10 pm

      I can see why, great mental get away from the words for me, beautiful imagery, thanks again :)

  18. April 30, 2012 1:56 pm

    Really really nice photos!! Thanks sharing :)

  19. April 30, 2012 2:36 pm

    I LOVE Arizona. Beautiful photos.

  20. April 30, 2012 2:36 pm

    Having recently moved from AZ the wildflower pics were a nice reminder of one of my favourite surpises in the desert – the flowers. Glad you stopped to savor it!

  21. Constance V. Walden permalink
    April 30, 2012 2:56 pm

    Really nice photos. Thank you for sharing your trip. Connie

  22. April 30, 2012 3:12 pm

    I love the cacti flowers! So pretty!

  23. April 30, 2012 3:30 pm

    The pinks have been really awesome this year.

  24. April 30, 2012 3:36 pm

    Uma belissima paisagem, congratulations.

  25. April 30, 2012 3:37 pm

    Uma belissima paisagem, parabéns

  26. April 30, 2012 4:35 pm

    Very beautiful photos! I hope to see more of your work as you continue to have even more exciting adventures!


  27. April 30, 2012 5:22 pm

    I grew up in Safford and I could actually smell the flowers! Very beautiful.

  28. April 30, 2012 5:45 pm

    Congrats on FP! AZ flowers lovely. If you would like to see my Virginia flowers, please visit my blog/world and check out the left column of essays/photos. D.

    • May 1, 2012 9:44 am

      Ah, spring in the east coast is so different from spring here – miss it a little bit sometimes. Thanks for sharing :)

  29. April 30, 2012 6:00 pm

    I don’t know these flowers, but I recognice beautiful spring when I see it, like in your nice photos.

  30. April 30, 2012 6:07 pm

    I visited Arizona in March and I’m returning in June… I’m so jealous I missed the color! Thank you for outstanding pictures (:

  31. Alyssa permalink
    April 30, 2012 7:26 pm

    Yes, the view is breathtaking. These are beautiful pictures and I love your shots of the flowers. Cheers to you! :)

  32. April 30, 2012 7:34 pm

    Really beautiful pictures! My parents live in Tucson thus I’ve been going there for over 18 years now. I love this time of year! I love the flowering cacti but must admit I’ve never taken a drive and saw wildflowers. Where in Arizona were you driving? Wonderful post!

    • May 1, 2012 9:46 am

      We were on the Beeline driving into Phoenix – we rounded a bend in the road outside of Payson and they totally surprised us – I think I actually audibly gasped! :)

    • May 1, 2012 10:16 am


  33. April 30, 2012 7:53 pm

    We have visited Arizona quite a bit on our travels but never in the spring during the blooming season. This would be great to view but I bet it only lasts for a short time.

    • May 1, 2012 9:46 am

      My husband is from there originally and he says it’s maybe only two weeks at its peek – we got really lucky!

  34. theebonygirl permalink
    April 30, 2012 8:08 pm

    Love the pictures and this blogg i wanna live there one day…..

  35. April 30, 2012 8:23 pm

    Nice photos! I moved to Arizona in December of last year and am totally digging the spring here. It’s completely different than the Northwester US, where I’m from.

  36. April 30, 2012 8:27 pm

    I just moved to Arkansas from Arizona. I have always hated the desert. I didn’t think I missed it until I saw your post. Thanks for the reminder! It does have a certain charm.

    • May 1, 2012 9:49 am

      Spring is definitely my favorite time there – summers can get a bit ridiculous! But I love that everywhere you go has its unique pros and cons :)

    • May 3, 2012 4:17 pm

      That is so true! I love, love, love all the greenery here in Arkansas.. but I might kill myself with this humidity! Pros and cons.

  37. April 30, 2012 8:51 pm

    Beautiful photos – Congrats on being FP!

  38. May 1, 2012 12:50 am

    Love the shots!

  39. May 1, 2012 5:11 am

    If you don’t tell us that it’s taken near the roads, no one can tell either. The close-ups look great!

  40. Manoj permalink
    May 1, 2012 6:21 am

    Thanks guys for taking that detour and snapping these great photos.

  41. Sarah D. permalink
    May 1, 2012 8:09 am

    The first time I went to AZ to visit my parents, when they’d just moved there in 1987, the desert was in bloom. I hadn’t expected it and was completely knocked off my feet by the beauty. Thanks for the memorie!

  42. May 1, 2012 8:30 am

    Unas imagenes preciosas!!!

  43. May 1, 2012 10:17 am

    Ah, the painted desert, on my list of must-sees. Beautiful photographs–glad you went with the color instead of b/w for this post.

  44. May 1, 2012 12:59 pm

    Never been to Arizona but must say it looks stunning and so unlike Ireland (where I live) maybe I’ll be able to see it for myself one day. For the meantime thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures.

  45. May 1, 2012 1:58 pm

    Good job on the photos in your travel! Good shots too

  46. May 1, 2012 2:56 pm

    Great photography you have! Keep it up! :)

  47. miltongomes permalink
    May 1, 2012 5:06 pm

    I loved your pictures.

  48. May 1, 2012 5:53 pm

    My hubby was offered a role in Phoenix, we desperately wanted to take it, but the timing was not good as I was in my last year of a Uni degree and had just scored my dream job myself. In some ways we regret not making the move overseas, but it worked out for the best because the company was sold and broken up 9 months later.
    Pictures like this bring back that regret. We would still dearly love to spend some time living in America! Just beautiful

  49. May 1, 2012 6:39 pm

    …. and the flower would be it’s offering
    of love to the desert, and the desert is so
    dry and lonely, that all the critters there
    appriciate the effort . . .

    Lyrics to the Kimya Dawson, song –
    “Tree Hugger”

  50. May 1, 2012 6:48 pm

    Loved your post. I live in Tucson and this is my favorite season. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Come back soon.

  51. May 1, 2012 6:57 pm

    Love your photos! i was surprised at the beauty of the desert plants. We really enjoy the scenery out there. Good photos. We live in central Texas and we have the most gorgeous displays of wildflowers here. Its always a treat to drive in the spring time and see what is out.

  52. May 1, 2012 7:34 pm

    how lovely. I am originally from west Texas and I must say this made me miss my beautiful desert scape! How inspiring that such beauty can thrive in such harsh conditions.

  53. May 1, 2012 8:24 pm

    Ohhh….Arizona…how I miss it… I lived there for 6 months only but I loved it and your beautiful pictures reminded me of my great time there…thank you.

  54. May 1, 2012 8:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing these photos with the rest of us. My uncle and cousin used to travel to Arizona every spring to see the flowers. They loved the colors and the beauty there at that time of year.

  55. May 1, 2012 8:46 pm

    Great flowers. Would like to put them in my wild drawings.

  56. May 1, 2012 8:57 pm

    Beautiful photos! I just moved from the Southwest. Spring is always a pleasant surprise in the desert…it truly can be beautiful. A nice share!

  57. May 1, 2012 9:01 pm

    Nice pictures.

    Thank u for sharing them with us.

  58. May 1, 2012 10:47 pm

    Wonderful photos. For a time, I lived in the Mojave, and now I miss it…

  59. May 2, 2012 3:12 am

    a nice addition to an already nice landscape! :)

  60. May 2, 2012 5:26 am

    Good job, Nice Pics

  61. May 2, 2012 7:47 am

    beautiful pictures :D keep posting!

  62. Loi permalink
    May 2, 2012 8:07 am

    We spent the weekend Rv’ing in The Verde Vallely & discovered the deep ‘Pink Flowers’ (and other wildflowers) along Clear Creek. Your photos captured the beauty of the Arizona High Desert spring.

  63. May 2, 2012 10:05 am

    I love living here in Arizona. My family and friends back home think the desert is just brown. They seem unwilling to understand how beautiful it is.

  64. May 2, 2012 11:14 am

    Beautiful pictures! :)

  65. juanitaburlew55 permalink
    May 2, 2012 11:27 am

    Very Nice! I lived in Tucson for a while, loved the trips into the country/desert
    to see all the gorgeous flowers and watch for road-runners!! Ocotillo cactus was one of my faves, out near San Javier Del Bac mission…Thanks for the memories… :)

  66. May 2, 2012 11:47 am

    A beautiful detour!

  67. May 2, 2012 12:49 pm

    Beautiful pictures – the desert really is beautiful this time of year! When I lived there, I couldn’t wait for all of the flowers to come up – so gorgeous!

  68. May 2, 2012 3:27 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks! :-)

  69. May 2, 2012 5:35 pm

    These photos make me want to jump in my car and go for a roadtrip!

  70. terriblethinker permalink
    May 2, 2012 5:38 pm

    This is so so Gorgeous. Indescribably beautiful. Thanks for sharing with the world. And just would like to inform you, i have nominated you for a sunshine award.

    Thanks and looking forward to more beautiful pictures..

  71. May 2, 2012 6:09 pm

    gorgeous! Arizona is an underrated treasure! Love my homestate <3

  72. May 2, 2012 8:42 pm

    Great to see Payson, and the wildflowers, being promoted on WP! I have lived in Arizona, for the most part, since 1978, and am now in Prescott. Our town is a great place for B & W photography, so come on up when you get a chance.

  73. Dearisa Muhlisiani Putri permalink
    May 2, 2012 9:55 pm

    love it! :)

  74. May 2, 2012 10:20 pm

    My wife and I love wildflowers and we always try to plan a trip in the spring to see the wildflowers. We need to plan one for Arizona. Thanks for the post and great pictures.

  75. May 2, 2012 10:50 pm

    I lived in Arizona many years ago. Brings back memories. Very nice pics!

  76. May 3, 2012 7:11 pm

    Gorgeous wildflower! Would love to use some of these flowers for my cocktail garnishes!

  77. May 4, 2012 10:39 am

    What brilliant images, it’s fantastic when you stumble onto something that really inspires you isn’t it! Congrats on FP x

  78. May 15, 2012 9:36 pm

    Great I like ^^


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