Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
Arizona is beautiful in March and is also why so many people visit the state this time of year. Living here is certainly challenging in the summer months but we are rewarded with endless blue skies and perfect spring days in March. Last Saturday I went to Desert Botanical Garden and took these photographs. The ones with the gorgeous coral color bloom were taken on a recent afternoon walk. Can you see the bird peeking out of the hole in the saguaro at the Cactus Hotel?
Those of us that live in Arizona are blessed by the serenity and beauty of the desert. One of our greatest treasures is the Desert Botanical Gardens, which recently showcased an amazing presentation of Dale Chihuly’s glass art amidst the backdrop of the gorgeous desert.
Dale Chihuly is known for his innovative glass sculptures, and his work is immediately recognizable for its grand scale and vibrant colors. You might recognize his work which adorns the ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel in Sin City. Chihuly’s spectacular creations are found in more than 200 museums worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Garden exhibitions of his work have been mounted at the New York Botanical Garden, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, Phipps Conservatory and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. This is Chihuly’s first exhibition in an outdoor desert environment.
Please enjoy the beauty!