Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sundays In My City #15 - Tucson, Arizona

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Last year Beloved and I had the chance to spend a long weekend in Tucson, Arizona. It's about a 6-7 hour drive from our home in Los Angeles and so we ventured out and discovered a gorgeous city. The dessert was in full bloom.
All of these photos were taken on the grounds of our hotel.
It took me a while to get my nerve up to take a hike up the path near our hotel because there were signs that said "Watch Out For Rattle Snakes". Yikes!

But Beloved took the hike first and told me it was worth the effort and no snakes were in sight. Phew. I'm glad I did because at the end of the path was this gorgeous waterfall!
How's your Sunday?
Welcome to The Fifty Factor - Joanna

46 comments:

  1. The waterfall was worth it but seeing a sign that said to be careful of rattlesnakes and with me being terrified of snakes, I wouldn't have been able to enjoy the hike. I would've been looking at the ground the whole time.

    I love desert flowers in bloom!

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  2. Gorgeous pictures, I went to AZ in April for my parents 50th and the cactus were in bloom I honestly never knew they did that. The ones by them only last a day, it was quite a sight. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. I think I would have wanted to have steel reinforced hip boots on if I was out in rattlesnake country! In my homeland of Georgia, we had a lot of snakes..one area is famous for their annual rattlesnake roundup. The Chattahoochee River has its water moccasins and there are even coral snakes in GA...along with the best peaches and peanutes!

    Nice desert flowers, though!

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  4. i´ve never been. i could use a little desert sun right about now. have a great sunday joanne. p.s. i loved the interview below- thanks again!

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  5. My Sunday is as miserable as ever...hope you're well.

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  6. Oh my word Joanne, that is GORGEOUS! I am glad you braved the snakes and took a chance : ). I really love your pictures.

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  7. Beautiful photos! The desert can be so spectacular. Glad you braved the snakes and went for the hike. What a nice surprise to discover a waterfall in the desert!! How fun is that?
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  8. I can attest that's it's beautiful, but it is also full of snakes and as a grown-up I'm pettrified of them. Beloved could have offered me, well, anything and I would have missed the waterfall because of the snake sign!

    You wee BRAVE, girl and thusly rewarded!

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  9. Looks beautiful - I love finding hidden treasures

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  10. The rattlesnake sign would have freaked me out too! The pictures are beautiful!

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  11. "Watch out for rattlesnakes"????? And then what? You're on their turf, interrupting their snooze, and they are sure to be cranky. Doesn't sound like a nice easy hike to me. The photos are great though and you are a gutsy gal.

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  12. I've never actually been to a real desert or to Arizona, but hope to one day get there. The flowers are amazing; the rattlesnakes, maybe not so much.

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  13. Awesome pics!!
    I am looking forward to a nap since my baby thinks he is in a eating race from 2am~6am! hope you have a good one!

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  14. My younger son lived in Scottsdale for 7 years--he worked at the Scottsdale Princess--and we visited once or twice per year. It is beautiful in Az. One year I visited in August! Mistake! Boiling hot! And then there's the scorpions!

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  15. That waterfall picture is incredible!
    Thanks for the great interview posts. I have met some wonderful new friends through you!

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  16. I would have liked some further instruction....like what to do if I actually saw a rattlesnake. Your pics are beautiful, the waterfall well worth the potentially perilous hike.

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  17. That is some excellent photography! I wish that I could go out west again. I was only out there once.

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  18. I was in Arizona in September and posted about how I was stunned by the unexpected blooms and colour and sky .
    And the Grand Canyon at sunset.
    Loved it and who knew.

    Today I'm driving kids around and still tasting the amazing curry dinner we had at a Christmas work party.

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  19. Love the pics of the cactus flowers and the sky in the last picture is so blueeeeeee....I'm always in awe of a beautiful blue sky.

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  20. It has been in the low 30's for a few days here... this looks WARM and heavenly!

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  21. Very beautiful photos Joanna. I miss the desert. I used to drive out from LA when I lived there just to spend the night in the desert. I'd take my three dogs and a cot and a friend and lay under the stars. I think nowadays I'd be afraid a serial killer might come along...

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  22. really beautiful pics jj! thanks for taking us on that walk...warmed me up a bit on a truly bitter cold day!

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  23. We traveled to Phoenix in May one year and the temps were already in the 100's. The local news had a report of a little girl nearly bitten by a rattlesnake in her front yard. I could never live there! I need lots of trees and green to survive.

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  24. I'd love to go to Arizona one day, thanks for sharing. I like those desert flowers.

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  25. That's definitely some gorgeous flowers! Love these nature shots!

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  26. I'm an Arizona native and lived in Tucson for five years. This is home for me, and seeing those pictures of Sabino Canyon (?) made me smile.

    Maryland is nice, but this is what feels like home.

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  27. Rattlesnakes? You're one brave lady!! It looks like it was worth it, though. The pics are gorgeous!!

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  28. Pretty, pretty pictures! I've been there once. It's a little bit different up here in South Park! ;)

    Hugs!!

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  29. My sunday is snowy and icy and I don't have to go anywhere, so I'm fine with it.

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  30. My sunday is snowy and icy and I don't have to go anywhere, so I'm fine with it.

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  31. Brian and I actually did the shared story once before. a few weeks back.

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  32. That is just absolutely lovely!

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  33. Your photos are beautiful! I can't believe that was just from the grounds of your hotel! Amazing!

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  34. Those shots are incredible! I love all flowers - but cactus are amazingly delicate, aren't they?

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  35. I can feel the heat in your photos lol. Love cactus flowers, my brother had a collection of about 100 when he was a kid.

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  36. It sure was worth the trip, and the risk. That's a visual reward for sure.

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  37. Beautiful flowers! I love the look of a desert. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. I love the desert. Something about it. But I ABSOLUTELY HATE snakes. Beautiful pictures!

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  39. Now that is a lucky thing--to see a desert in bloom!

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  40. What? No orange flowers? That's a shame.

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  41. Wow, I wouldn't have expected a waterfall like that in the desert! The flowers are beautiful. (I wasn't venturing anywhere near any rattlesnake warnings for ANYthing! You're so brave!)

    Thanks for sharing your trip! I always feel like I traveled the world for SIMC!

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  42. The colors are amazing. I love waterfalls.

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  43. I love the cactus when in bloom but that waterfall is amazing!

    Have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

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