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Hi Friends!  One of my favorite things to do is to go for long walks, and I don’t mean power walks — just walks where we can enjoy the beauty of nature. With our hot Arizona summers, I can only do this for what seems like a few short months out of the year. The other day, two of the kiddos and I ventured out. I brought the camera along, and I thought I would share some of the things we saw.

hot air balloons in arizona

I just upgraded to a new camera, and I wanted to practice on flowers, cacti and the kids, although they are so active that it’s a challenge! But as soon as we headed out on our walk, we saw hot air balloons taking off, and we followed them for a little bit instead.

hot air balloon taking off in arizona
Have you ever been in a hot air balloon?  I don’t like heights, so I probably wouldn’t do this, but they are amazing to watch, especially when they’re this close!

Up, up and awaaaay.

bunch of air balloons in the desert sky
After the balloons disappeared into the clouds, we continued on our own quiet little journey. It was late in the day, but that’s when nature comes alive around here. The other day, we saw a coyote, but of course, I didn’t have my camera then. 

But we did spy this little hole in a saguaro — probably the home of a little wren.
saguaro cactus with bird hole

This little hummingbird kept flying from tree to tree. I was so surprised that he was still long enough for me to get his picture.  We also saw a rabbit and a quail family, but they were camera shy and way too fast for me.
hummingbird in a tree

We even saw a flock of noisy geese flying high overhead, and we wondered where they were headed. 

flock of geese in the sky

By then, it was getting late, and the sun was already disappearing over the mountains. 
arizona sunset
Another gorgeous Arizona sunset! In a few minutes, it was completely gone, and it was time to head home. Hubby came to pick us up since it was so late. My little guy swore he heard coyotes laughing, and he was anxious to get back.
arizona desert sunset
Do you like to take walks? How are the sunsets in your area?
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  1. Dee M says:

    Thanks, Jen. I would love to check it out! šŸ™‚