Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Basketfull of Blossoms

        Happy Easter!

This photo came from my archived file, but I thought it was perfect for the holiday weekend. The stone bunny in our backyard always brings to mind the wonderful author of children's books, Beatrix Potter. The animal stories she created are still some of my very favorite children's stories - my three sons were raised listening about Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter!

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Fowl in Fair Weather

Hoping for a Handout

I spotted this duck last month as he sat near a golf course in Mesa, Arizona. Evidently he is accustomed to receiving handouts, thus the reason he was so tame.
Since the weather here in the Pacific Northwest is still gray and gloomy, I enjoy viewing the photos I took last month in the Southwest!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Gem of the American Southwest

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village

     If you ever make it to Sedona, Arizona, take the time to visit the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. The design for the village was inspired by old Mexican towns - a visit to this lovely location is like stepping back in time.
     The boutique stores, quaint restaurants, and gift shops full of Southwest art, jewelry, and souvenirs, kept us busy all afternoon when we were there a month ago.
     The village draws visitors from around the world, and indeed felt like a multi-cultural gathering of people. The funny thing was, while we were there we met a shopkeeper who grew up in our home town! As they's a small world!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Beautiful Crest and Creek

              Oak Creek Canyon

When you depart Sedona, Arizona along highway 89-A, there is a small rest stop where we saw this beautiful site. We were on our way to the Grand Canyon that morning - less than 120 miles away from this spot. This beautiful waterway is Oak Creek; in the distance the crest of one of Sedona's numerous red rock formations is lit up by the morning sun.

The rural highway has beautiful scenery all along its length. I would highly recommend this route if you ever venture to northern Arizona to view the Grand Canyon.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Magnificent Red Rocks of Sedona

Sedona, Arizona

While folks flock to Sedona for art, spirituality, and hiking, it is the red sandstone formations in Oak Creek Canyon that this little town is best known for. We had a wonderful visit to Sedona a week or so ago.