Growing up in Arizona I realize I had taken the desert for granted. Our homes always had grass and palm trees, Hibiscus and Lantana, a sense of the tropics. They were a beautiful oasis yet needed a lot of maintenance and water, becoming a challenge at times. Now as we move forward on our plans to build in Carefree, AZ, I pay much more attention to the beauty of desert gardens. I look forward to a natural desert scape filled with a variety of textures and colors. I love the blooming prickly pear and their many varieties. The Ocotillo entrance me as they bloom so grand and plentiful in this area. I have found the spring desert, after the deep winter rains, a kaleidoscope of color and beauty among the thorns. As a painter I study everything around me lost in thought, painting in my mind as I explore. Now that I reflect on moving truly into the desert, I am even more attentive to the beauty within. Such richness amid the thorns and hazards, not unlike like itself. It is too easy to keep your focus on the dangers, the “snakes and scorpions” that we miss the beauty around us all the time; the smell of the creosote after it rains in the desert, the gentle blooms, the stunning rock formations, and our surrounding relationships as well. Do we ignore the dangers and the warning signs? Of course not. We must be aware and protect ourselves in our surroundings yet boldly step out, experience and share the beautiful with grateful hearts. May I never forget and my future home setting be a constant reminder.
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