Phoenix (part 2)

Three days in Phoenix meant using time wisely so when I heard the Desert Botanical Garden was "pretty amazing" I knew I had to see for myself.  Wow.  Disappointed I was NOT.  Located less than a dozen miles from the city and near Camelback Mountain, the Garden hosts an incredible variety of cactus, succulents, trees and vegetation from different areas of the desert southwest. 

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When the entrance looks like this, you know the rest has to be pretty great.

Camel Back Mountain January June photography

Camelback Mountain.  Can you see it?

cactus desert botanical gardens arizona by kentucky photographer january june photography
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cactus phoenix arizona kentucky photographer january june photography
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I've always been a lover of sand and surf but I'm pretty sure I may have been converted to loving desert sand just as much.  I had no idea of the variety of the COLORS:  purples and pinks and yellows and reds, and about every shade of green and blue imaginable.  Some pastel and some vibrant.  (Can you tell I was impressed?)

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hummingbird phoenix kentucky photographer january june photography
Tanuki desert botanical garden kentucky photographer january june photography

Tanuki "Japanese Raccoon Dogs" by Jun Kaneko

donor recognition

Garden Donor Honor Wall--Beautiful way to thank those who contribute!

desert flowers phoenix january june photography

I have a half dozen prints arriving on Friday and I can't wait to get those images on my walls! #getprinted #soexcited

I've never had so many people in one day ask me about my "fancy camera that must take good pictures".   ;)

*All images were shot by me with a Nikon D750 using either a 20 or 85mm lens.*