Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Spring in the Desert

Earlier this spring, thanks to a new ramp in the garage as well as a few other small accommodations, I was briefly able to sit outside in our driveway for the very first time.

Previously, the only way for me to get outside was through our backyard patio, which was difficult for me to access.  It often led to such a substantial set-back that I could only attempt it about once a year.  I am so grateful for this new set-up which allowed me to temporarily escape the confines of my room and briefly feel the sun on my face.  While my tiny excursions were not as frequent as I'd hoped, I savored every single minute. 

My view outdoors

 Gorgeous skies and mountain views

Verdin Visitor

Cactus Wren

A Blooming Desert

Spring is such a beautiful time of year here with all the trees and cacti in bloom.  It's so lovely to see the many bright, delicate flowers emerging amidst the harshness of the desert.  I look forward to seeing them every year.

Saguaro Cactus

Beehive or Hedgehog Cactus

Staghorn Cactus

Prickly Pear

More Prickly Pear Blooms

Every once in awhile, when I feel up to it, my parents also now wheel me to the large sliding glass door in their bedroom for a quick glimpse of the sunset.  Arizona sunsets are truly breathtaking, with such deep, vibrant blends of orange, pink and yellow.  Photos don't do them justice.



Cool Sunset Sky

I had a lot of health-related issues going on this spring as well, which required a few extra, unanticipated doctor appointments. While each appointment took place at home, the energy expenditure still led to some setbacks.  Such is the frustrating nature of this illness.  But, I am slowly recouping and have hope that I will bounce back to previous levels in time.

As I attempt to gain a bit of strength back, the birds and various wildlife continue to keep me company from my windows.  Here are a few of my favorite visitors of the last couple months.

Antelope Squirrel on the First Day of Spring

Cactus Wren

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk


Gambel Quail

Bunny Munching on Snack

 And finally, nature always offers up symbols of hope:

Rainbow After a Storm

Wildflower Growing Through a Crack in the Pavement

"Where flowers bloom, so does hope."
~Lady Bird Johnson


  1. Amazing photos, and inspiring, as always. I always look forward to your blog postings. -L

  2. Always good to hear your news Laurel xx

  3. A surprise awaited me this morning after a somewhat difficult night. Am very happy, to see your photos of springtime in the desert outside your home. Nature provides us respite, even if only a few moments; it can quench our thirst for what we have missed experiencing. Sorry to hear of a few recent setbacks, Laurel. I look at that plant growing through the crack and am reminded of hope & possibility. Those are my keywords of today. BYW, am looking into a possible move out West (AZ) within the year. Nothing confirmed but will see what unfolds. Wishing you more of these dreams fulfilled. Always~ Susan

  4. So happy you got to get out and see part of the world! I'm sure it was all on display just for you. ;)

  5. What a blessing you are Laurel! I love your take on life and how much joy you get from the beauty of nature that is at your doorstep. I'm so glad that you are able to experience the outdoors a bit more frequently. Big hugs and lots of love to you. xx

  6. There's nothing like outdoor air on a beautiful day. I hope you're able to keep getting out more.

  7. Amazing photos, and inspiring, as always. I always look forward to your blog postings.