Sunday, January 05, 2014

winter colors

I'm home in Arizona for winter break. And -- ah!! -- it's such a breath of sunshine and bright color.   When my mom visited from Connecticut, we had such a laugh wandering around the citrus tree farm. Amidst the lemon and tangerine trees was a great flock of peacocks.  This is winter in Arizona! 

The next day, we went to the Desert Botanical Gardens to see the new Chihuly exhibit. It was magnificent: huge installations of brightly colored glass, some 5-10 feet tall, in the green desert foliage.

But best of all may have been the desert's own plants. 'Tis the season for blooming aloes here.  I can't get enough of them! Especially in the late angle afternoon sun, when they're lit up and aglow. 

I'm trying to drink it all in before I head back to California for the spring semester .... though I'll have a few fiber adventures to share with you before that time comes .... 


meli88a said...

Tres cool! I did not know aloe flowers. Thank you for sharing that!

Enjoy the rest of your winter break.

KiniaCat Crafts said...

Welcome back to the Sonoran Desert! How long until you get to live in 1 location for most of the year?
Thanks for the pictures of the Chihuly installations! I haven't been up to Phoenix to see them since ?5? years ago.
Enjoy the break!

Anonymous said...

I live in Canada and until now have never realized that aloe plants bloom. They are beautiful.

Susanne said...

I miss the Desert Botanical Gardens. I've been an AZ resident from 1995 to 2007. I am in NM now. I used to live in Northern AZ. I REALLY do miss the snow! :-D No snow where I am now.

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