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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday-Skies of Arizona

Time to participate in Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer. Be sure to visit her blog to see her fabulous photos & see all the other participants for this week.

Last August my family went on vacation to Arizona. Arizona in August, are you crazy? Apparently so. Yes, it was hot. But totally worth it. We stayed a week in Cave Creek Arizona which is next to Scottsdale & not that far from Phoenix. While there we went to Sedona & the Grand Canyon.

The best part about Arizona in the summer is that it is monsoon season for them which makes for some beautiful skies. Now we live in southern California. We don't get much rain here. Therefore not much thunder & lightning. So my son was a happy camper to have this type of weather while in Arizona. You see, my 25 year old son Brandon is a weather nut. That is the only thing he hates about living in SoCal, not much weather.

All of these photos were taken by my son last August. You can imagine how happy he was to have such beautiful skies to take photos of. You can click on any photo to enlarge it.

Sunset in Cave Creek, AZ

Saguaro cactus are everywhere.
Clouds starting to build up to a thunderhead.
Sedona started out with a clear blue sky.
Afternoon brings a thunderstorm to Sedona.

The sun is playing peek a boo.
These are my favorite clouds.
I love the color on this cloud.
This photo makes me happy & relaxed for some reason.
Brandon loves trying to take photos of lightning. These 3 photos were taken in Cave Creek, Az
I love this photo as the top has some blue sky & the bottom of the photo is so dark & stormy with lightning.

And you can't go to Arizona without seeing the Grand Canyon. The skies over the canyon are beautiful in August. I love the shadow of the clouds over the canyon.
Thunderstorms roll in. It can be sunny where you are standing, but over a little ways it looks like this.
The Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The sun is starting to set & casts an orange glow on the canyon. I love the contrast with the blue grey sky.
I hope that you have enjoyed looking at the skies of Arizona. If you have never been, you need to go. If you go during the summer, be sure to take sun screen & an umbrella. We loved it so much that we are going again next month. Mostly because my parents are letting us stay with them in their air conditioned time share, so it's a free vacation for us. But you can't beat the scenery. Who knows what we will see this time.


  1. I loved your sky pictures! The clouds are so amazing, aren't they. The lightning pics were great, too. That is the beauty of living where the trees do not crown you in. I live in a prairie province in Canada and whenever we drive out of town I am so overwhelmed with the beautiful sky. Hugs ~cindy s~

  2. They're all so beautiful! Thank you for sharing! I agree, the Grand Canyon is one of THE most beautiful places on earth!!!

  3. Your son did a magnificent job with these beautiful photos...he must have some serious talent...the lightning shots are breathtaking!!!

  4. You are such a sweet thing to stop by my blog and leave such a sweet post.

    You made my day..
    Now, lets talk GEORGEOUS!! Your shots are amazing... what a surprise to see such a plethera of shots.

    I wanted to post fast and go back and look again.

    Thanks again for stopping...stop back again some time soon.

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥

  5. Those photographs are beautiful! I loved getting to see them. laurie

  6. Wow! Brandon is a very talented photographer. Excellent photos!I've got some lightning photos at (copy and paste this link)

    but they aren't as pretty as his. These are actually stills from video. It shows the progression of one stike. My camera can make like 20 or 30 stills from 1 sec. of video. It's really fun.


  7. Amazing and beautiful.
    I've seen the grand Canyon once.
    Happy outdoor.

  8. Gorgeous photos... I never tire of looking at clouds. And I love a wide open view too.

  9. What spectacular photos. Your son did a wonderful job.

  10. I love Arizona. Your pictures and the colors are beautiful!