I had to post this after hearing that the sea lions had disappeared from Pier 39 in San Francisco. From what I understand, they suddenly turned up in the harbor after an earthquake in 1988 or 1989, and now they've just as suddenly disappeared some time after Thanksgiving this year. I'm just glad I got a chance to see them before they left.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Here's a sample of Allan Houser's work, now on display at the Desert Botanical Garden, through August 2010. Houser (b. 1914, d. 1994) was an Apache sculpture considered by many to be the father of American Indian sculpture. I'm not sure why I like this particular piece...maybe because it reminds me of a pregnant woman.
Monday, December 28, 2009
I was playing around with different shutter speeds, and I thought this one came out kind of interesting, although the composition could have been better. Anyway, I took this at Polar Ice in Gilbert, much closer to home than some of my recent posts.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Here's a fun photo. I thought I was seeing things when I noticed these colored needles on some of the saguaro at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson. No! Each year, they've marked the growth as part of a botanical experiment. (The docents couldn't give me any more detail than that.) One of the interesting things I noticed is the growth on each saguaro seemed to be different, leaving you to wonder if the saguaros all grow at their own pace.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
This is one of the Tanque Verde Ranch horses. The ranch has 168 geldings (mares have a mind of their own and distract the males). Most of the horses are between 5 to 7 years old, and they tend to be bigger-boned, larger animals suitable for riders of any size (under 250 lbs).
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Something about this cactus creeps me out a bit. To me, at least, it looks a little like a face even though the second "eye" is so far off to the side.
Anyway, this is post 100 today! I feel like I should be making a little cake and throwing a party like they do for the 100th episode of a TV show!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I rediscovered these photos from my visit to Ted DeGrazia's studio and thought they'd be great to share. DeGrazia painted angelic figures in bright colors. I'm sure you'd recognize the artwork if you don't recognize his name. Above is the entrance to his studio. Below the actual studio. To learn more, please visit my other site, The AZ Traveler, at http://www.greatescapesaz.blogger.com/.
Monday, November 30, 2009
This is one of my favorite photos of the city, a view from South Mountain. A monsoon blew in, and in the photo below, you can see the wall of wind moving through downtown Phoenix.
South Mountain Park is the largest muncipal park in the world. Seven miles of paved road take drivers to scenic views at 2,300 and 2,600 feet. I think I snapped this photo from the second view point, but I'm not sure. The park is 16,000 acres and offers 51 miles of trails.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I watched a Revolutionary War reenactor make bullets Saturday by melting aluminium foil over an open fire and pouring the liquid metal into a small mold. When he was done, he crimped the runoff away so it formed a perfect circular bullet. Then, he threw the bullet back into the aluminum to melt down and start all over again. (Something an actual soldier, of course, would have never done.)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We went to The American History Festival yesterday at Schnepf Farms here in Queen Creek. The event is put on by a group called We Make History, and my brother was one of the reenactors. Over the next few days, I'll be sharing some photos. Todays are from the Civil War reenactment.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I took this photo in my backyard. It's not uncommon to open our back door and have two or three rabbits run off, though I've seen as many as half a dozen. The rabbits are definitely what's drawing the coyotes into our neighborhood.
Speaking of coyotes...Last night, as we were driving home along Hunt Highway, my husband slammed on the brakes, like he might have if he missed our turn (which isn't that uncommon, given how dark it is out here). I looked up and was surprised to find we weren't anywhere near our turn off. Just then, I saw one of two coyotes dart into the road. The first one made it all the way across; the second one went about halfway, then turned back. They both seemed pretty confused and kept trying to cross the road to get back to each other. We finally were able to move on, leaving them on opposite sides of the road.
Friday, November 13, 2009
We've had light rail in the Valley for less than a year now. I haven't taken it from the East Valley to downtown yet (the closest stop for me is Tempe), but I've heard from those who have that it's great, especially if you are going to a Diamondbacks or Suns game.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I was back in downtown Phoenix yesterday getting ready for my book signing on Thursday (1-5pm) at the Visitors Center, right next to the Convention Center. Again, I parked on the 9th floor of the Arizona Center parking garage. (I like to park away from other cars, and its a nice view.)
This photo is of the skyline to the north of I10.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
This is another photograph taken from the 9th floor of the Arizona Center parking garage. You'll see a large metal pole in the middle of the photograph, anchoring two blue circles just above the buildings. From where I was, I couldn't get a better shot of "Her Secret is Patience," a new artwork in Downtown Civic Park. The net sculpture, inspired by monsoon clouds and cactus blooms, moves with the wind and glows at night. See a shot of it at night in this month's issue of Sunset magazine.