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. 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!