Warm, sunny days plus a couple rain showers activated the desert. The cacti are blooming! An exotic annual treat for everyone.
I drove to Flagstaff and took the scenic route. This picture is at the top of the canyon facing back to Sedona. Such a lovely area. During the week, there are few tourists, and a driver can escape into nature and enjoy the ride.
Traveling from Prescott, Arizona to the Verde Valley, one can either go around Mingus Mountain or over it. I chose the switchback curves. Right before Jerome, there is a scenic pull-off. This is where I took the shot of the valley. The Sedona Red Rocks are in the background.