Flower Shops In Phoenix

flower shops in phoenix

  • a large monocotyledonous genus of pinnate-leaved palms found in Asia and Africa

  • A person or thing regarded as uniquely remarkable in some respect

  • a legendary Arabian bird said to periodically burn itself to death and emerge from the ashes as a new phoenix; according to most versions only one phoenix lived at a time and it renewed itself every 500 years

  • (in classical mythology) A unique bird that lived for five or six centuries in the Arabian desert, after this time burning itself on a funeral pyre and rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle

  • the state capital and largest city located in south central Arizona; situated in a former desert that has become a prosperous agricultural area thanks to irrigation

Just another Arizona sunset

Just another Arizona sunset

At first glance I would expect most people to see this photo and NOT choose Phoenix, Arizona as the location it was taken. You have some farm fields, tall trees, wildflowers and some hay protected by the sun. Definitely not something people naturally picture when it comes to Arizona and our deserts. Ah, but it is.

I photographed this last night about 1.5 miles from my house down in Chandler, which is basically on the southeastern corner of the metropolitan Phoenix area. We're moving soon to downtown Phoenix and I'm going to miss sights like these on a few miles away. But out here, amidst the new home developments, shopping areas and industrial construction, you still have pockets of farms and agriculture thriving and hanging around. I love it.

The monsoon season hasn't really nailed Phoenix yet, but the debris clouds have been spectacular and last night's sunset was full of rays shining through clouds, stretching across the sky. The sunset photo I posted a few days ago ironically also had sunflowers in them, but they are really all over the place right now. I saw them here earlier in the week and knew I wanted to head back for a sunset shot whenever I got the chance.

Technically, this is a hand-held, 3-bracket HDR from Photomatix, CS5, Imagenomic and some Topaz. I Actually processed two HDRs for this, one to get the sky right, one to get the flowers and foreground a little more colorful, and then masked them together in CS5.

I also used a new lens that I purchased off Craigslist...a simple Tamron 17-35 f2.8-4 Di LP SD. The price was cheap and I've been wanting to get a nice wide angle for portrait shooting, and one with a decently wide aperture. All the reviews of this lens, plus the sample shots, were fantastic. If anything, it's an amazing upgrade from my 18-55mm Canon kit lens. I loved the way this shot turned out.

For Sheila

For Sheila

I took my wife to the hospital early this morning for a minor surgical procedure, and she will remain there overnight. The hospital is on the west side of Phoenix, about 26 miles from where we live, and we arrived shortly before 7:00 a.m. I stayed there until around 4:00, after the procedure was over and Sheila had awakened from the anesthesia. She was very tired, but as I left, I promised to return a bit later with Vanessa, which I will do as soon as I finish posting this.

I took my camera with me even though I didn't really expect to use it at all. During the long hours of waiting, I read at times, dozed at others, and watched CNN during the moments in between, until Sheila was taken to her room. On the way there, I saw several bouquets of flowers on display at a nurses' station; and as I was leaving a half-hour or so later, I asked for permission to photograph them. Permission granted, I set to work and took 8 pictures, of which I liked this one best.

I post it here now, affectionately dedicated to Sheila. I think I will order a print of this one from Mpix, then frame it and present it to her as a gift. It won't arrive in time for Valentine's Day, of course, but will make up for that by being a little more permanent than anything I could have purchased in a flower shop. Besides, it might remind her of an important -- and, we hope, very positive -- event in her life.

I can't identify this flower, but anyone who can do so is invited to speak up and educate me.

flower shops in phoenix

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