Beauty and Pain in Arizona

I’m spending a couple days with my friend Anna, and even though we haven’t seen each other since high school it’s like we were never apart. When I got to her house in Green Valley after a long day’s drive, she had a delicious, healthy dinner and glass of wine waiting for me. It’s all I could do to not drop to one knee and propose right then.Beauty and Pain in Arizona

She lives in a subdivision, which sounds boring, but it’s not. Each house has a personality:

Beauty and Pain in Arizona

What Anna wakes up to every morning. Don’t hate her.

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Christmas Cactus

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More Christmas, Arizona Style

The landscaping is stark and gorgeous:

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Ditch your lawnmower.

I love the shapes and textures:

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Like tasty little fruit.

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Barbie pineapple!

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Barbie javelins!

The family that sold the land to the developers included a provision that this cemetery, which sits smack in the middle of the houses, remain:

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In Through the Out Door

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Elaborate graves…

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… and not.

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Alberto isn’t thirsty in the afterlife.

Here’s your photography tip for the day: Use a zoom lens to shoot sharp plant life.

See the round ends of these branches?

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Ouch

If you accidentally lean into them they pop off and hang from your body like evil, spiked mice.

As if the pain of the impalement wasn’t enough, I then had to get them out. There was a moment when I was pulling one clump from my bare thigh and I thought my skin might actually rip. The spines clung so tenaciously that they pulled my flesh out to resemble spikes itself, like a skin Mohawk.

I won’t be sharing that picture. You’re welcome.

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2 Comments

  1. Milli Thornton (@MillivrsTravels) April 29, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    OW! (to the pain)

    Ooo-ahhh (to the photos)

    What an awesome pitstop!
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    • deonne April 29, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      Milli – Love your comment, thank you! Hoping this next Scampabout (late May) will be less painful but no less beautiful, ha.

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