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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:

    We see more at dusk than we do at dawn around here. Maybe because of the sunsets?

  2. Dee M says:

    Thank you so much, Pam. And, thanks for hosting! šŸ™‚

  3. Jen says:

    These are beautiful photos! I love hot air balloons although I've never been up in one. When I lived in Reno, every year I waited for the Balloon races. The Dawn Patrol was my favorite…those gorgeously lit balloons against the dark sky? Beautiful.

    If you ever feel like sharing your photo posts, I have a link-up on Fridays. I'd love to have you join me!

  4. a quiet life says:

    enjoyed your walk, interesting that balloons were heading up so late in the day, i thought they only left at dawn. very pretty surroundings.

  5. Pam @ over50feeling40 says:

    Enjoyed walking with you so much…beautiful images…thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop! Please stop by to enter the very special giveaway on

  6. Dee M says:

    I feel for all of you with this weather! I can't imagine being that cold, but on the other hand, we'll be kind of hibernating in the summer here. šŸ™‚

  7. Kim says:

    Thanks for the pretty pictures, Dee! It is so cold here, we run from the house to the car and all the wildlife is tucked away for winter!

  8. Dee M says:

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  9. Dee M says:

    Thanks, Deb. I'm still learning how to take decent pictures — yours are always awesome! šŸ™‚

  10. Dee M says:

    I'm with you, Carol — I love seeing the balloons, but I want to stay on the ground! That was a wonderful gift, though! šŸ™‚