As odd as most people think it is, I miss winter or cool air, so one Saturday we drove down to Tucson and then up The Catalina Highway or Sky Island Scenic Byway, rising almost 9,100′ and through six types of vegetation. At the top, it felt alpine and we spotted bright yellow and red leaves and aspen trees as well. In addition to the leaf colors, the parking area was temporary home to this colorful beauty. The scenery on the one paved road up and back is spectacular!

For “blue”, let’s hope from the mountains of Arizona to Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains. From what I’ve read online, I believe this is a butterfly rather than a moth but either way, its color sets off the blue of the flowers.

“Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?” – James Montgomery

  1. The flowers are lovely!

  2. Heyjude says:

    Wow, that scenic route sounds amazing. You have such wonderful scenery in the US and what I love is that you have pull out viewpoints where you can stop and admire the vista. I guess that is NOT your motor in the photo? Such a shame it wasn’t blue!

    • True, that’s not our car and it would have been really helpful had it been blue. But how could I wish it weren’t red? 🙂 I really enjoy being able to pull out and see the views, too, because I can take photos then as well. This route really is stunning and covers so many different types of vegetation and land formations.

    • BeckyB says:

      you’d have got the spray paint out wouldn’t you, to turn it blue!!

  3. restlessjo says:

    Aspens are gorgeous! I have to admit, I don’t mind a blast of cool air myself, Janet 🤣💕

  4. As odd as I think you’ll think this is of me I’m gonna say anyway…I love that little Sportster in front of the yellow leafed trees!! I wonder if it’s as much fun to drive as it looks? 😀

    I did the same this past weekend. I went up, up, up to the tall mountains to hike to get away from the smoke, but it followed me both days! I fear I’m stuck indoors now for the week. The air is filled with smoke I can’t see the mountains and the AQI is in the very unhealthy range. 😭

    • I love the car as well, Deborah. Why would I think that odd? 🙂 I bet it’s as much fun to drive or more.

      So sorry about the smoke! The fire situation is very bad again this year.

  5. de Wets Wild says:

    That bright red car blends beautifully with the autumnal colours!

  6. Wind Kisses says:

    Lovely capture of the butterfly. Brings our the brilliance of the flower. The ride up the Catalina Highway is a great get away. I think we all love love the cooler temps, big trees, and green. (and blue)

    • I’ll have to try to get back there soon. It’s such a lovely place and plenty other things to see in and around Tucson. I have a tea shop I want to visit again and Sweetwater Wetlands is great too.

  7. JT Twissel says:

    Always amazed by folks who can capture images of butterflies! I like the cooler weather too.

  8. BeckyB says:

    oh I so wish I was in cool mountain air at the moment

  9. Beautiful landscape and the car allows one’s mind to wonder as to the occupants. Gorgeous blue too.

  10. Resa says:

    The car might be red, but there is a blue hue emanating from it!
    The flowers are gorgeous! The butterfly and I thank you!

  11. eklastic says:

    The colours and the composition on the autumn shot are really superb!

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