Sunday, May 27, 2018

Historic Variety


I had these photos in my "historic neighborhoods" file and I thought they would show the variety of older homes that can be found in our oldest neighborhoods.  If it weren't for those palm trees, this one would look like it would fit in well in the midwest or east of the U.S.


While this one has a very fitting southwestern look to it.  It fits in well in Arizona or would look equally at home in California.


This one is the home of a friend of mine and I've always admired the way the front door is so beautifully framed.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm showing the outdoor part of the Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Waiting Room


In the waiting room at my local diagnostic imaging facility.  I like a place that does a good job of making an unpleasant necessity tolerable!  Instead of a medical office feel, Solis has more of a spa feel.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Funky Footwear


It's time once again for one of my crazy shoe collections and this one above just about wins the prize for real craziness.  I saw it in a shop window while on my trip to Seattle.  Anybody interested in giving these a try?


If you are looking to be about three inches taller, you might be interested in this number.  I keep wondering how you can walk up stairs in a shoe like this.  I suppose it might be good exercise, lifting your leg high enough to clear the next step.


Do you see that skull print in the fabric on the bow?  Do you suppose that means these shoes are "killers"?
































Here's a throwback to childhood.  Bunny slippers anyone?

Being a lover of shoes, I tend to peruse the shoe departments when I go shopping.  Seeing shoes like these always gives me something to chuckle about.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Configuration


I was walking along the top floor of Scottsdale Fashion Square mall when I spotted the seating arrangement on the floor below.  It struck me as a perfect configuration and shape.  From the floor below, it just looks like a place to sit.  From up above it takes on an artistic look.  I like it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Big Mac Anyone?


I could hardly miss this new artwork at the Phoenix Art Museum called Big Big Mac by Tom Friedman.


It's made of styrofoam and paint and it juts out from the wall with it's sesame seed bun right in my face.  It looks pretty darn realistic, doesn't it?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Fountain is Closed



I've always enjoyed seeing this fountain in the Scottsdale Civic Center Park but the last few times I'd been there, the fountain was turned off.  I wondered why.



This last weekend, I finally learned why such a pretty fountain had been turned off.  I hadn't realized that the fountain sits over the top of an underpass for a road and the fountain had started to leak, causing damage to the structure below.  The city is working on plans to renovate the whole park but, because work will not begin for about a year, this art piece has been added to make the dry fountain more interesting.  The piece is called Sun Lanterns by Eli Richard.  Apparently they contain solar cells and at twilight they light up and stay lit all night.  My next goal is to get there in the evening sometime soon so I can see them lit up.

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Girl with the Pink Hair


For the longest time I couldn't find any information about the artist who painted this mural on the side of Rebel Salon & Vintage on 7th Avenue.  Finally I found the artists name, Paul Pangle.  She seems perfect for a business with the word "rebel" in it's name.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Flowers for the House




I had friends over for dinner at my house Friday night and I thought I'd pick up some flowers at the grocery store while I was shopping.  I was surprised to see orchid stems among the flowers for sale so I picked up a stem.  It added just the right touch.

The next morning I decided that I should photograph these beauties so I got out the black drop cloth and took a few shots.  Such pretty blooms.  I hope they last for several days!

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm visiting the stunningly beautiful Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Wings of Stone


Not long ago, I was wandering around my favorite nursery when I spotted this display with those fabulous stone wings hanging on the wall.  Those would certainly look good in someone's lush garden.

By the way, since I'm not gifted with the green thumb necessary to grow my own beautiful plants, I stop at the nursery every now and then and admire the beauty of all those lovely blooms that are much safer where they are than at my house.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Jacarandas


The Jacaranda trees are blooming around town right now.  I love the look of these trees.  I wish we had one street that was lined on both sides with these gorgeous trees so they would make a tunnel of purple this time of year.


Since we don't, I have to stop and photograph the ones I see.  In this spot, there were two next to each other so those purple branches overlapped each other.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Looking Up in Downtown Phoenix


When I'm in the heart of downtown Phoenix, everywhere I look up is another tall building.  This shot looks up toward the Hyatt Hotel with it's revolving restaurant on top.


In this direction I'm capturing the Phoenix City Hall building with the "crown" on the roof and the Wells Fargo office building next door to it.


Looming above the EoS Fitness building is another office building which is one of two matching towers.  There is a tiny sliver of another building in the upper right corner.

I love tall buildings so I enjoy looking up whenever or wherever I'm among them.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Weekend Trip to Seattle


Last weekend I flew to Seattle for a fabulous weekend in that city.  Of course I had to make a visit to the famous Pike Place Market.


The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass center.  I think I became enthralled with Chihuly glass works when in 2009 the Desert Botanical Garden did the very first Chihuly exhibition in the garden.  I've always wanted to see his center in Seattle ever since it opened.  It was quite simply spectacular.


Since we were so close, a trip to the top of the Space Needle was also on the agenda.

The weekend was awesome.  The city has so much to offer and so much to eat!  The seafood was superb.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sky Train


The Phoenix Sky Train has been in operation for about 3 years but it seems that every time I go to the airport, I forget to snap a photo of it.  I corrected that last Friday.  I was off on another weekend trip and this time I remembered to take a photo.  There is now a connection from our light rail to the airport but, I took this at the economy parking lot station.  The completion of this train and station makes parking at the economy lot so much easier.


Once you get to the airport, this colorful bridge leads directly into the airport.  Tomorrow I'll show you where I flew off to.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Scenes of Mexico


There are quite a few businesses along one stretch of McDowell Road that cater to the Hispanic clientele.  Many murals can be found in this area but sadly, most don't have a signature on them so trying to find the artist is a bit of a challenge.  This mural is on the side of a Mexican restaurant.  It's beautifully painted so I wish I could give the artist a little shout out for their colorful work.
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Silly Goose


This silly goose has taken to hanging out in the parking lot of my complex.  I took this photo last Wednesday from the car window as I rolled by.  I asked what he was doing there but got no answer, just that blank stare.


I took this photo a few days before the one above.  I'm not sure what he finds so interesting about the parking lot.  After all, there is a lake and a nice green golf course just a block away where all his buddies tend to stay.  Maybe someone who lives here has been feeding him when they are out walking and he's followed them home.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  Fine art in the California Desert is the subject.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mystery Sculpture



I've tried unsuccessfully to find out who created this sculpture that sits on the corner of the Cityscape Center in downtown Phoenix.  It's a big swirl of steel pipe.  There is no artist name displayed by it and I've checked the City of Phoenix public arts website with no luck.  So, I guess I can't give the artist credit for it.

I think it's kind of eye catching but, I bet not many people even notice it.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Hummer


I love it when I get a decent shot of those tiny and quick little hummingbirds.  This one was enjoying the blooms on a Baja Fairy Duster plant.  His tiny wings were beating so fast that you can hardly see them.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Southwestern Home


I saw this house when I was driving north on Scottsdale Road and I thought that entrance was pretty nice so I turned back to get a photo.  I saw a road running next to the house that I thought would be a perfect place to park the car so I could get out and take the photo.  I turned onto the road only to find that it was really part of the home's driveway so there I was sitting right in their circular drive.  Did that stop me?  No, I got out and snapped the shot anyway and then quick as I could, I got out of there.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Automotive Adornments


People are always adding little decorative items to their cars to make them look happy or fierce or sometimes to make a statement.  I found that I had collected quite an assortment of just such adornments to share with you.  The car above falls into that "happy" category.  That's quite the jolly face painted on the tire cover.


With this one, the adornment was whole lot more subtle.  Someone has painted the top of a face peeking out on the bumper of this car.  I wondered if the owner even knew it was there.


Here's a truck that I think falls into the "fierce" category.  The added image of the storm trooper I think is to say that this white truck is as tough as a "Star Wars" character.  And, look at the license plate....ewwww.


This car appears to be proud to be from Kansas, the land of beautiful girls.  Hmmm....is that all they could think of to describe their state?


And, this car is simply X-Rated.  

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Notorious RBG


Last Sunday I went to see the documentary movie "RBG" which tells the story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

What a woman!  The movie told her whole life story and how she became such an advocate for the rights of women and minorities.  I didn't realize what a wonderful marriage she had before her husband passed away in 2010.  They were a perfect match, he was gregarious, outgoing and down right funny.  She was shy and quiet and thoughtful.  He was a well respected lawyer in his own right but that didn't get in the way of his support for her career from the time they met in college all the way to her nomination to the highest court in the land.




Here is something that surprised me.  I met a friend at the theater and we decided to just purchase our tickets at the door because I didn't think this particular movie would draw much of a crowd.  Well we got there and found it was almost sold out.  The attendant even said that it's been very popular.  That made me feel good.  After all, I live in what we Americans call a "Red State".  The popularity of the "Notorious RBG" must cross all party lines.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Magical Mural


Phoenix has a new mural on 16th Street and Highland at the brand new Crescent Highland Apartment building.

This magical looking piece is by artist Tato Carareo.

I love all those hummingbirds flying around that lady with the red hair.





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Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Question Mark


We had a bit of a reprieve from the heat last week when a cool front moved in and we were rewarded with temperatures in the 70's.  I took the opportunity to visit the Desert Botanical Garden in the late afternoon for a change and I visited the butterfly pavilion one last time before it closes next week.  I found a new butterfly to admire, the Question Mark butterfly.  When I first spotted it sitting on that slice of orange, I thought it was a dead leaf.  It looks so drab.


One of the docents saw me looking at it and told me that when it opens its wings, it's a gorgeous butterfly.  I found one in the distance sitting on a lavender flower and saw that she was right.  The bottom of its wings hides the beauty on the top side.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I have the second part to my trip to Sunnylands.  What a fabulous place!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The "Muse"


A friend of mine told me that I should go to the AltaMira Fine Art Gallery in Scottsdale and see a show of paintings by Robert Townsend.  I'm so glad I did just that.  His paintings gave me a rush of feelings, flooding me with memories and nostalgia.

Robert Townsend is a realist artist who has created a series of paintings celebrating the life of a woman he's never met.  It all started when he purchased a box of slides from Ebay and was confronted with a woman who would become his muse.


After reviewing the slides carefully, he found one photo of her and her husband and they were wearing name tags.  He discovered her name was actually Helen and more internet research led to her obituary.  He contacted the funeral home and asked if they would contact her next of kin and have them call him.  Two hours later, he got that call from Helen's niece.  From there, the project of painting Helen grew in scope.

Film makers Ric and Jen Serena started documenting his journey which resulted in an award winning documentary film called "My Indiana Muse".  You can see a clip of the film here.  (I highly recommend taking a look.)

I was so touched by the show and the story, I just had to share it with all of you.  I want to thank Audrey E. Parish, the director of the AltaMira Gallery for letting me take these photos. I enjoyed the show with a tiny tear in my eye and a full heart.