Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Color at the Castle


On Saturday, my close friend David and I trained a class of docents who will be conducting tours at the Tovrea Castle that I've mentioned many times before.  In spite of the unseasonal heat, there were a lot of wonderful cactus blooms to enhance the scenery.  Here you see prickly pear blooms on the hillside next to the castle.
And another set of gorgeous blooms were a surprise that waited right next to the castle.












And to top it all off, the Saguaro Cactus were blooming all over the property.  It was a delight to see and a special treat for our guests that day.

16 comments:

Steffe said...

Sure would be nice to create a castle like this. I really like that first photo.

Karl Demetz said...

Oh.. the first is really a great shot, Sharon! Also the cactus blooms are fantastic.

brattcat said...

all of us in the northern hemisphere are rejoicing.

Kate said...

The cacti are beautiful. and I admire the composition of your top photo.

glenda said...

The cacti in bloom are such a treat and you have some great shots. Enjoyed your photos from Julie and Daves dinner party event. I do believe I spotted David and I.

Kathy said...

I'm hoping on my next trip to Phoenix I can get you to give me a tour.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The layers of cactus, balconies, etc. in the top photo are wonderful.

It looks like the Tovrea Castle is a desert botanical garden in addition to being an architectural gem and a slice of Phoenix history.

JM said...

What a fantastic composition on top! The blooms are just gorgeous. Besides the Mammillaria species I posted last week, several cacti from my collection are also about to bloom. :-)

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

this is a stunning photograph and should be a postcard!

Randy said...

Great shots Sharon. I love the last one.

Jarart said...

That would be an extra treat! It must be so pretty right now.

Magpie said...

What a great shot of the saguaro blooms. You must have been shooting from the castle downward. I never get this angle on my shots because they're always way at the top of the cactus. :) Beautiful blossoms.

RedPat said...

What a great show of blooms!

Lowell said...

These are amazing cacti. I'll never forget what a surprise it was when I first saw the Arizona desert in bloom! I had no idea. Beautiful flowers and your photos are perfect!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Beautifully composed first shot Sharon, the cactii (?) look amazing in bloom, very exotic!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Adore the castle style with those narrow steps alongside! The first photo is like an invitation to explore an amazing place!