Five Shots: Last Greens of Summer

Cool temperatures and blue skies had us in the car heading north today to see if the Aspen leaves had turned. The scenic drive from Sedona up to Flagstaff is one of the prettiest scenic drives around. At Flagstaff, we hiked around Hart Prairie where a frost burnt the ferns and the Aspens were still green. Then we drove over to Garland Prairie to see if the fields of flowers were blooming, but we were too late, the flower stalks were black and wilted. Even though our timing was off, to catch leaves and flowers in their glory, Jim, Bear, and I enjoyed the pleasant weather. Which shot do you like best?

1. Sedona Rocks at Oak Creek
2. Hart Prairie, Flagstaff
3. Hart Prairie
4. Aspen Leaves
5. Aspen Leaf in the Sun
6. Grazing Cow at Garland Prairie
7. Garland Prairie

28 thoughts on “Five Shots: Last Greens of Summer

  1. Something majestic about mountains Cindy and the pics are so clear and inviting. This reminds me our summer is on the way down under.

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    1. Yes, you are pulling out of winter, right? Well, enjoy your summer as we cool off and head for winter. Do you have bitter temperatures or are you moderate most of the year?

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      1. This is sub-tropical Cindy so the weather never gets to be bitter except in the southern tip of the continent and perhaps the central desert in winter

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  2. So lovely! Heart and power and majesty.

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  3. Thanks, Jennie. There’s nothing like the change in the air and smells of dirt, leaves, and a breeze to put a spring in your step and be thankful the heat of summer is over.

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  4. Lovely scenery but the cow wins for me πŸ™‚

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    1. Cows. I love their velvety faces and simple expressions. They are free range in AZ, so it’s fun to drive down a road and they either stand there in the middle or look at you at the side.

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  5. Definitely #2. It pulls you in beautifully.

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    1. I love that old tree. It’s been there for years and such a nice contrast to the soft, rolling hills. Thank you, John.

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  6. I love those flawless blue skies, but agree with FR that the cow photo is a great shot.
    The leaves are falling from the oak trees in the garden. It won’t be long before the first frosts here now.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks, Pete. I hope you will take some fall shots. I never tire of seeing the colors of fall. I know this sounds strange, but because the skies are blue most of the year, seeing clouds are a treat. Even grey bumpy ones from England are a treat for my eyes. πŸ™‚

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      1. I get that, Cindy. Blue skies every day must get boring, I suppose. πŸ™‚

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        1. Ha. Oops. My Mom and family back in Illinois refuse to let me give them the weather report, especially during the winter months.

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  7. I guess this is your favourite, too

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  8. The 1 didn’t come out on my first post

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    1. The Red Rocks are magnificent and the bright green in the foreground is nice. Soon the green will turn yellow in a couple weeks. I felt all day that I was stepping on the tails of summer.

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  9. Beautiful views and lovely weather by the look of it as well, what a stunning place to visit! I think the Rocks at Oak Creek picture is my favourite, its a great vista, but all the pictures are really nice πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Paul, thank you. I can still feel the coolness on my skin combined with warm sunshine keeping me from growing cold. It was a great day. Thanks for commenting!

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      1. You’re welcome, always enjoy seeing these pictures from your travels πŸ™‚

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        1. I appreciate all the pics of England bloggers post about. The other side of the world is interesting.

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  10. Sometimes our Falls in Alberta are better than our Summers. But we had a brilliant Summer this year.
    Nice shots Cindy !!

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    1. I wish I could visit Alberta. I’m sure it’s gorgeous right now.

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  11. Nice pics what a beautiful trip!

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    1. Thanks, Abbi. Cows are photogenic, aren’t they?

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  12. The cow, for the win! 😁

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    1. Hi, Tom. Cows are fun. They look at you with expressions that make one wonder if there’s more going on up there than suggested.

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