A Day at the Arboretum

The mountain cities north of us show off an array of fall beauty.  Our family decided to get in the midst of all the yellows, oranges and reds as we drove up to Flagstaff, Arizona, a few weekends ago.  We visited the arboretum!


A new exhibit features butterflies.  We had to carefully enter one of the greenhouses and watch where we stepped as fragile butterflies freely landed, sometimes on us!


This photo features the San Francisco Peaks, the highest mountain range in the state of Arizona.  Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona stands 12,633 feet.

We experienced perfect weather that day and enjoyed getting out in the fresh air on this little hike at the Arboretum.  It is a special memory of a day with family. 

"While the earth remains, Seed-time and harvest,
 And cold and heat, And summer and winter,
 And day and night shall not cease."
Genesis 8:22


  1. Beautiful photos. Looks like a great time! :)

  2. Love love love the zebra butterflies!

  3. Just the right time to enjoy the beautiful colours of fall and the butterflies. I would love to visit a butterfly farm. We have one in the highlands but its been a long time since we last visited it. What a lovely zebra butterfly you have there!

  4. Looks like such a beautiful place to visit and enjoy time together as a family! Living in Phoenix, one forgets the seasons do change in other parts of Arizona (though I should remember that from my time in Prescott :)


  5. What a beautiful day you had together! Seeing the beauty makes me think of the song, "God's Coloring Book". So pretty! Thank you for sharing, Mary! :)

  6. Sounds like a place I would enjoy. I especially love butterfly houses. It is so magical when they land on you!

  7. Family time in a beautiful place; what fun and memories to boot....

  8. Stunning! .. You lucky ducks, you! :)
    I just wish Blogville had a 'scratch-and-sniff' app!

  9. What a lovely way to spend such a pretty day together! Loved the pictures of you and your sweet family, truly precious memories indeed, and how special to see the butterflies too!

  10. Your photos are awesome and such a wonderful family fun time too. Thank you for sharing with us here a Tell me a True Story.

  11. Lovely photos Mary! I'm so happy you are well😘It's been ages....
    Blessings to you

  12. Hi Mary! What a precious photo of hugs!! I love that!
    I've been to butterfly enclosures, but have yet to have one land on me. It is fun to see them fly around though. I enjoyed your photos of them too.
    Isn't God so creative and generous?

  13. Loved seeing this!! Made me SMILE!!! And REJOICE!! Bless you!!!

  14. hope you enjoyed the colors of fall from so being among them .
    loved your photos dear .

  15. Awe...looks like so much fun What great pictures. Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  16. Nothing beats the beautiful hues from nature! How wonderful to see you and bro. Tom still so close with your children, no matter what age. I pray my son would always cling close to my hubby and me too ;) And he still is despite being in college. We're grateful to God for the bond that comes from His love. I didn't know that butterflies smell with their antennae and taste from their feet? Oh God, thank You I don't taste things with my feet! :)

    I'd like to think we are in the process of transformation here like a caterpillar in cocoon and when our time comes to be Home, we'll be like those butterflies that will emerge beautiful!!!

    So many things to be grateful for...He deserves our thanks and praises. Happy Thanksgiving to you sister Mary. God bless you and your wonderful family! Hugs...

  17. I love it up there! A year isn't complete without a trip to Williams for me!

    What a gift to spend it with family. Good for you! Wonderful shots!


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