A Focus on Phoenix

A couple of weeks ago I traveled to lovely Phoenix, Arizona to meet up with some wonderful women whom I admire greatly. We all share a passion for photography and decided to take a few short days getting to know one another better and of course doing a couple of photo walks.

(L to R: Barbara Hurst, Barbara Carroll, Deanna Swauger, & Terri Porter)

On the day of my arrival, Wednesday, Terri picked me up at my hotel and we went to Cosanti, where one can view and purchase beautiful bronze bells by Paulo Soleri. As you can see from the following pictures, the architecture there was also quite fascinating.

Paolo Soleri was an architect, builder, artist, writer, theorist, husband, and father, born on the Summer Solstice in 1919 and died on April 9, 2013. ย The architecture at Cosanti presents a unique bio-climatic architectural environment, something Soleri was very passionate about. To learn more about him, Cosanti, and the artist community Arcosanti, click HERE.

The following day, Terri picked me up and we headed out to the Desert Botanical Garden where we met up with Barbara H., Barbara C., and Deanna. What a fabulous place! The exhibit sits on 145 acres, 65 of which are under cultivation. There are 50,000+ plants showcased in this beautiful outdoor exhibit.

besides cactus flowers, there are beautiful flowering trees and wildflowers

and there was a butterfly house where we had the special privilege of releasing butterflies

We had a great time. To learn more about the Desert Botanical Garden click HERE

The following day we met up with Barbara Hurst in her neck of the woods, Anthem, where we had a lovely stroll through her neighborhood park, lunch at the golf course, and ended with camera app talk at Barbara’s house.

The trip ended all too soon. On Saturday I winged my way back to Seattle and was greeted by pouring down rain! Oh well, I have this lovely (warm) memory of good friends and a fabulous time. I will definitely be back!

If you are planning a trip to Phoenix, I would highly recommend a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden and Cosanti as well. Cheers everyone!


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8 Responses to A Focus on Phoenix

  1. Terri Porter says:

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! If I didn’t already live here, I’d want to move to this beautiful desert. Yes, it was even more wonderful than anticipated, getting together with other like-minded women photographers and just enjoying our passion and each other. I will be counting the days until we can do it again. Miss you, my friend.

  2. It was so fun to have you here in AZ. so glad you had a good time I know I will remember it as being quite special. Your images really reflect our area and beautiful.

    Come again soon but probably better to wait until late Fall. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Terri Porter says:

    Forgot to say how much I love your word art title! Wonderful!

  4. Sherri B. says:

    What a wonderful trip (and gorgeous photos) – I also really enjoyed seeing your snapshot moments of Phoenix on Instagram. Thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Cheryl says:

    Looks like a lovely time was hard by all and the photo’s are gorgeous…

  6. Dotti says:

    Oh, Carol! It makes me so happy to see your photos as well as the other gals’ photos! I love seeing all the beauty you shared and seeing all of you together enjoying the sights and friendship. *** sigh ***

  7. Carol, it was so great to meet you. It just wasn’t long enough. I look forward to the next time!

  8. Gail O says:

    How deligtful to see some of my favorite on-line photographers all having fun together! I just wish you were in the photo too:) I can’t tell you how jealous I am! Arizona looks wonderful from here in New England:)

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