The Things That Grow in the Desert

As I mentioned, last week I was off work for fall break.  My mom came into town a few days before our family made-up holiday of Practice Thanksgiving.  Since the boys were still in school, and it was too early to start prepping for the feast, we took a day for ourselves.  We went to the Desert Botanical Gardens, among other places.

Botanical Gardens 1

We are members at the garden and it is the place where Husband and I got married over thirteen years ago (wow, has it been that long!).

Botanical Garden 2

I have gone there more times that I can count and each time I see something that leaves me in awe at the reliance and beauty of the plants that grow here.  The plants that thrive here.

Botanical Garden 3

It was a quiet morning in the garden as it was a weekday and we did not have the boys in tow.  The boys do not do quiet well.  We stood for many minutes watching a cactus wren build a next of grass and twigs in the prickly embrace of a tall cholla cactus.  We saw a pair of hummingbirds, dancing in ever tightening circles, fly up, over, around, and finally through the branches of a green trunked palo verde tree.  We sat in simple, low slung fabric chairs in an overlooked corner of the gardens and talked – of nothing and everything.

Botanical Garden 5

The desert is a complicated beautiful – a mixture of persistence, heartache, and loneliness.  I do not think I will ever tire of looking at it and being a part of it.

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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7 Responses to The Things That Grow in the Desert

  1. ksbeth says:

    my sister lives in az and i never cease to be fascinated by nature there, and it’s will to continue even under the most extreme of circumstances. i love your practice thanksgiving concept –

    • shoes says:

      It never gets old, taking pictures of what grows around here. I especially love the contrast of the splashes of wildflowers upon the browns of the ground and sharp angles of rocks and mountains.

  2. It looks like a great place. I love that red flower.

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