To be completely honest I do not find the desert all that beautiful, there just isn’t enough variety for me. There are parts of Arizona that are beautiful (the red rocks of Sedona, the painted desert, Alpine) but here in the Valley it is almost always brown with a shade or two of beige.
When my husband and son were in the WY this past weekend I decided it might be a good time to take the girls to the Desert Botanical Garden’s Butterfly exhibit. I had also heard that the gardens were in bloom and thought it might be nice to see the brief beauty the desert offers.
The desert did not disappoint! Cacti were in bloom all over- yellow, orange, pink and red. I don’t think my daughters noticed a single flower, all the my oldest was interested in were the benches and the butterflies!
She and her friend who came with us stood as still as they good and extended their arms and fingers as perches…as close as they could with out actually touching the butterflies. Nearly begging the insects to please land on them! It was pretty cute and silly!
If you are in the Valley and want to pretend that we have spring- then go and go quick (there is even a groupon)! With 100 degree temps about a week away it is almost time for our annual six month hibernation. Enjoy the brief beauty while you can.