Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Holy Grail of Road Trips


I love how this post starts with orange pumpkins and ends with an orange sunset.  But what else would you expect on an absolutely outstanding fall day. Sunny, 80 degrees and lots of fall fun.  There were pumpkins and apples at this orchard. 


And what an abundance of riches.  Right next door at Carpenter Nature Center in Prescott they were doing a raptor release. We saw hawks, owls, kestrals and eagles up close and personal.  I love this beauty shot.


We always hike Maiden Rock bluff in the fall.  And we always see eagles soaring overhead.


Can you spot the train?


The vista in the other direction.


But it wasn't just sweeping views that enchanted.  Shrooms!


And colorfully spotted walnuts.


And pompous fronds blowing in the breeze.


We had pizza at my favorite place.  The Nelson Stone Barn.  But you already know that.


Dramatic clouds illuminated the night.


Fall colors sprouted in the hills.  Not many restaurants have this country view.


We made a surreal pit stop at a sand pit.


But now we had to quicky make tracks...


To enjoy a spectacular sunset before we drove home.

What a day.

25 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Wow, these are beautiful scenes and images.. I love the owl and the lovely views..The sunset is gorgeous...Thank you for linking up, have a happy weekend!

Lynn said...

what an amazing day of photos, beautiful bird and a gorgeous shot!

Margaret Adamson said...

Well that was a great trip out and I loved the pun in the second to last shot!! Beautiful sunset. Also loved the shot of the fronds in the breeze. Have a great weekend.

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful area.

DJan said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS! Ahhh... :-)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful images. I love the owl.

Marie said...

Fantastic photos! Wonderful fall day, filled with delights! Loved the owl!

Anni said...

Thanks for sharing the link today at I'd Rather B Birdin' Sharon.

LOVE the owl!!!

TexWisGirl said...

how awesome! a raptor release - that's got to feel good for bird and rehab workers. :)

the restaurant is very neat!

Ida said...

From start to finish this was a fabulous post. Loved your photos.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

What an array of beautiful photos! And all from one day! I love the photo of the owl. So glad the birds were well enough to be released.

Gauri Kulkarni said...

Such beautiful clicks, am sure you had lots of fun!!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

You got some great shots, but my favorite would have to be that glorious owl!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

You got some great shots, but my favorite would have to be that glorious owl!

carol l mckenna said...

That owl is beautiful! Great shots ~ all of them! Happy Week to you!

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Susan (ABON) said...

Wow, I enjoyed this series of shots which captured the beauty of your surroundings that day!

theartofpuro said...

These photos are stunning, can't say which one I love the most:) Love pumpkins colors and the sunset one:)

Maggid said...

Spent some time on your other blog . . I hope you are a billionaire - all these magnificent views you sahe with us . . (and thank you)- Looks Like you have some Fall Goin' On . . . . sending smiles. -g-

Andrew Fulton said...

What a wonderful post... Many thanks for sharing.

Sallie Rainville said...

What a beautiful day! Love every single thing about it .. That owl shot is just perfection.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

wow wow wow
what beautiful photos- every one of them!
wow!
love
tweedles

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful images, Sharon! You have such a wonderful artist's eye!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful images. I love that shot of the owl.

Mary said...

What a magnificent owl. I sort of want to hug him and tell him how beautiful he is, but one can't really hug an owl, can one? Lol

Hilary said...

Wow.. what a spectacular day. That sunset is so amazing. I love the eyes on that owl and the vista are just incredible. And yet it's the image of the tracks in the sand that I like best. I'm glad you had such an enjoyable day.