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I have been enjoying taking daily walks out on the Skunk Creek Trail while visiting my new grandson in Arizona. It has been such a pleasure being out in the middle of such beautiful nature so different from what I am used to in New Jersey.

Viewing the desert scenery, flora, and wildlife has been invigorating. The desert here is not a barren and silent wasteland.  The state tree, Palo Verde with its yellow blooms and green bark, is blooming along the trail.   The beautiful and delicate flowers of the prickly pear cactus are in stark contrast to the spiny needles which cover the plant.  Little cottontail rabbits and quail run across the path as I walk.  All sorts of birds, including humming birds, are singing and chirping to their mates.

One morning, I managed to take a walk at dawn. The morning sun kissed the desert with its glorious golden rays.  It was spectacular!

Writer, Dorothy Belle Hughes (1904-1993) described the springtime beauty of Arizona in her book, The Expendable Man.

He’d always had a quickening of the heart when he crossed into Arizona and beheld the cactus country. This was as the desert should be, this was the desert of the picture books, with the land unrolled to the farthest distant horizon hills, with saguaro standing sentinel in their strange chessboard pattern, towering supinely above the fans of ocotillo and brushy mesquite. Because there had been some winter rain, the desert was in bloom. The saguaro wore creamy crowns on their tall heads, the ocotillo spikes were tipped with vermilion, and the brush bloomed yellow as forsythia.

Today on this “Thankful Thursday”, I am so grateful for this time spent with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson and the respite from my busy day-to-day life while beholding the beauty of God’s creation.

What are you thankful for?

If you would like to share your version of “Thankful Thursday” (photos or text or both) today or in the future, you can link your post to my post on Thursdays in the comments section. Happy Thursday Everyone!