Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pier 39

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

Allan Houser at the Desert Botanical Garden

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

Ice Skating in Arizona

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

Wild West Junction

The last couple of days have been super busy, so I'm posting an older photo, one from my Williams trip a few months ago. I believe this was the sign for a themed restaurant.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cactus Needles

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

Potted Plant

After the dude ranch, I visited Tohono Chul Park, a botanical garden in Tucson. I liked the colors of this arrangement: the blue pot, the red stairs, the white walls and the green plant.

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

Tanque Verde Ranch

I visited Tanque Verde Ranch yesterday and got to take a horseback ride through the desert. Here's a photo I took as I was riding.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Tempe Segway tour: In front Arizona State University

Arizona Ceramic Research Center

One of the pieces on display at the Arizoan Ceramic Research Center on the ASU campus in Tempe.

Monday, December 14, 2009


This is the best shot I could get of the Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden. Unfortunately, it's in the parking lot on the way out.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tempe Festival of the Arts, Part 1

This guy was having such a great time playing that I had to take his photo.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Metal Flowers

I was at the Tempe Arts Festival on Saturday, and a friend pointed out these metal flowers. She wants a yard full of them because they look great and she can't kill them. LOL! At her request, I took a few photographs.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tempe at Night

I'm on a press trip in Tempe, Arizona, this weekend (which is why I didn't have an opportunity to post yesterday). I took this photo last night, looking from the Tempe Performing Arts Center and across the Town Lake.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cactus Face

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!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

DeGrazia's Gallery

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