Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Luxury Living Near Downtown



These new luxury condos opened near downtown Phoenix a year or so ago.  When I visited the Japanese Friendship Garden a few years ago, I'd see the construction going on.  I guess they were completed in late 2017.

The building is called Portland on the Park because it faces Portland Street on one side and a city park on the other side and it looms over the Japanese Friendship Garden.  So if you are on the north side of the building you have park views and if you are on the south side of the building you have a downtown skyline view.  Either might be nice.

I checked and there are a few units for sale if you have $425,000 to $1,150,000. to spare.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Great Discovery


I made a new discovery over the weekend.  I went to the Arizona Heritage Center and discovered a fabulous museum that I never knew existed.  And, it was huge with first class exhibits.  The museum is tucked away in a kind of out-of-the-way place so it's not a place you pass by all the time.  That must explain why it's not been on my radar before this.


The museum is all about the history of Arizona and the people who have built this state into what it is today.  The exhibits take up two floors.


There were exhibits about our participation in wars, about industries that have made the valley home and about all the people who have built the state from the Native Americans to today's leaders.


There was one new exhibit that was quite sobering.  These two rooms were covered with portraits of homeless people in the area who were photographed and interviewed by Jon Linton, founder of the "I Have a Name" project.  The stories that went with these photographs were truly amazing.

I'll show other things from the museum from time to time.  And, I'll certainly be back.  There was a film about how copper is mined and refined that I want to go back and see again.  Even after four hours, I still hadn't really seen it all.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Busy Mural


This is a section of a very large mural by artist Joerael Elliot.  It's on the side of a building in the Roosevelt Row arts district.  I can't really explain this one.  I did some searching and I found information about the mural and I found photos of it with the artist's name but none of the articles explained what it wa about.  One person mentioned that it had something to do with surviving the Arizona heat.  I just know that there is a lot going on here!

Linked to Monday Murals!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sharp Teeth


This aloe plant looks like it's ready to take a bite out of anyone who slips their arm in-between those leaves.  I snapped this photo to capture the thorns on the plant but when I noticed how that background got darkened, I liked the dramatic look it made.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I found the place I'd stay on Lake Como if money was no object!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Slipper Plant


Here's a plant I don't think I've shown on this site before.  It's called a slipper plant but, it's official name is Euphorbia lomelii.  I've been told that it gets it's name from the blooms that supposedly look like ladies slippers.  Personally, I don't see the resemblance.  It's an unusual plant that produces these bloom but does not have any leaves.  It just has tall, erect stalks.  I see a lot of it in the hummingbird garden at the Desert Botanical Garden so it might be attractive to hummingbirds.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Unusual Lighting Feature



This car was parked in the Scottsdale Fashion Square Shopping mall garage and with those ever changing colors surrounding the headlights, it was hard to miss.  I looked up "Voxx Wheels" and guess what, they sell wheels!  Very expensive and very different auto wheels and this car is even featured on the their web page.  I'm not in the market for wheels, so I didn't search any further.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Park and the Moon


Here is another view from Encanto Park, this one looking in the opposite direction from yesterday's photo.  There are several of those small bridges crossing the lagoon as it flows across the park.


Another view looks at the expanse of the park scattered with picnic benches.  Most of the picnic benches are positioned under shade trees or shade covers but, there are a few out in the sun.  Notice that little spec of a moon in the sky......


...I decided to zoom in on it.  I love a good day-time moon.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Encanto Views


Two weeks ago I took a walk at Encanto Park over on the west side of Phoenix.  That's where I found the rocking horse statue that I posted last week.  I hadn't been there since I moved to the other side of town so I thought it would be nice to take a walk there and see if anything had changed.  The lagoon is still just as pretty as before.


And, the Encanto Park Clubhouse is still looking exactly the same.  It was a pleasant walk, early in the morning before our summer heat was setting in.  Tomorrow I'll show you another view from the park.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Another Collection of Odds And Ends


Today I have another set of random shots I've found in my "Odd Shots" photo file.  First up is a very cute little watering can.  It would make watering the plants lots of fun.


I saw this clay frog sitting at the end of a driveway and I thought he looked a little tired and sad.  He's been sitting out in the Arizona sun a bit too long.  He might have developed some skin cancer because of it. 😱


This guy was climbing up a wall and at first I thought he was real but, he's not.  He's made of ceramic and has been scaling that wall for a long time.


A police helicopter circling over one of the historic neighborhoods I was cruising through looking for photos.  I hope he wasn't called to watch me.  I sometimes wonder when I'm out taking photos if I look a bit suspicious.  No one stopped me so I guess I was safe.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Toothy Critters


I don't think I've ever seen a mural painted on one of those chain-link fences with the aluminum slats in it before.  This was on the back side of an artists space called Weird Garden.  I don't know much about it except that an artist is working to clean up the space and turn it into an artists studio and gallery.  There are lots of art studios and galleries on this part of Grand Avenue near downtown.

I just noticed that I also captured an airliner making its way to land at Sky Harbor International Airport.

Linked to Monday Murals.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Well Known Clinic


Yesterday it was a brand new hospital wing for Banner University Medical Center, today it's another medical facility this time in Scottsdale.  I bet everyone has heard of the famous Mayo Clinic founded in Rochester Minnesota.  They also have a huge presence in Arizona with at least 8 facilities here.  Most of them are all located in Scottsdale.  I think someone told me that this particular  building has hospital facilities along with clinical offices.  The Mayo Clinic still has facilities in Minnesota but I see they've expanded greatly in Arizona and Florida.  I wonder if that is because of the large retirement communities in both states.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I have something a little different, some random shots from Italy.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Building a New Tower


The Banner University Medical Center has added a new tower to their hospital campus and it is now open for business.  I watched this building go up and took several photos along the way.  Here they are.


I first noticed it in October of 2016 when I took this photo.  


One evening in January of 2017, I saw it all lit up at night while workers continue to work on the building.
































March through June of 2017, they were starting to put the building cladding on it but as you can see from these two photos, they still had a way to go.































By August of 2017, it was taking shape.

The photo at the top is how it looks today.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Rocking Horse


I took a walk at Encanto Park last weekend where I saw this statue dedicated to childhood dreams.


The plaque says that it was donated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation back in 1989.  The artist is Snell Johnson.  It sits near the entrance to Enchanted Island, a small amusement park that I've never visited.  Did you have a rocking horse when you were a kid?  

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Break Out the Confetti


It's the fourth of July also known as Independence Day here in the good ole' US of A.  There will be fireworks tonight, I'm just not sure where.  We'll see if I can catch any.  Happy Fourth to all my American readers!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Corporate Art



The Madison office complex on north 16th Street has a sculpture that forms the centerpiece for the complex.  I believe the bottom where the plant is growing used to be a fountain at one time because there is a little valve box with "fountain" written on it at the base.  I searched and searched looking for the name of the artist but couldn't find any information.  It's an interesting piece.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Timeless Beauty


It's been a very long time since I featured a photo of this very distinctive building.  In fact, it was back in 2011.  However, the July issue of Arizona Highways was dedicated to The Architecture of Arizona and this was one of the many buildings it featured.  That inspired me to go out and get a new photo of this wonderful midcentury modern building.

This Chase Bank branch was originally commissioned by Walter Bimson, who was President of Valley National Bank (a predecessor to Chase) back in 1968.  It was designed by Frank Henry.

I love this quote straight out of the article in the Arizona Highways magazine:  "This is a shotgun wedding of Wrightian geometric expressionism and International Style modernism - an unlikely union, but one that works because a slightly goofy sense of fun chips away at sober rationality (and visa versa), creating a poised and complex balance of personality.  It exudes an emotional warmth that few mainstream modernist buildings in the 20th century ever manage."  Amen to that!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Theme Day: Blue


Well, it's the first of July.  We've used up half of 2019 already.  Gosh, those months went by fast.  As most of you know, the first of the every month is "theme day" for us City Daily Photo Bloggers and today's colorful theme is "Blue".  I took this photo back in April when Berridge Nursery had that art show I posted about.  I saved this shot especially for the July theme.  If you are in the market for some deep blue pottery, you know where to go!  I must admit, it is a color that appeals to me.

Other City Daily Photo shades of blue can be followed here.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Beware of the Dog....


...but, the lions are harmless.

I found this house while cruising around one of our historic neighborhoods.  These people certainly have an affinity for statues of lions.  There are six of them on top of pillars lining the driveway with two giant ones at either end.  And, those are just the lions I can see behind that fence.  There were two "Beware of Dog" signs, one on the garage door and one hanging on the fence.  I took the photo from across the street so I didn't disturb the dog, wherever it was.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm showing one of the biggest highlights of my recent trip to Italy.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Flying Wallendas

You have to admire anyone who can do this for a living.

Back in the late 90's when I was working in Chicago, my apartment was on the 12th floor.  I'll never forget the morning I woke to a bit of noise outside my window and saw one these guys hanging just like this and washing my windows.

It is certainly not a job I could do.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Camelback Commons


When I saw that photo of the big, golden Buddha in yesterday's post, it reminded me that I had taken several other photos on the day I took that one.  In order to get the Buddha shot, I pulled into the 15 minute parking zone at an office complex called Camelback Commons. Above is a photo from behind that office complex where a fun little play field has been set up so that any stressed out office workers can take a break and play a game or two of "corn-hole".


Walking through the complex's center, I discovered that in addition to the four floors above ground, this complex went a few floors underground as well.  This photo looks down into the open courtyard.    The railing around this area is made of glass and let me tell walking up to it to get this shot made my stomach do a flop.  It looks like you could step right off the edge and tumble down below.


This last photo is looking straight down.  (I took it after I steadied myself.)  A pleasant little courtyard below includes a garden and a bubbling fountain.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Random Musings


It's time for another series of unrelated, random shots that have been collecting dust in my photo files.  First up, plants in an office building atrium and the shadows they make.


Next, a mobile dog groom truck that I saw while sitting at a traffic light.  I've never seen this big, blue dog before but, it is certainly eye catching.


Suddenly the giant Buddha has shown up in the front yard of this house along 24th Street.  Those prayer flags in the background have been there for a very long time but this giant gold statue is new and quite startling when driving down the street.


This row of empty chairs caught my eye one afternoon when I was waiting for a friend to join me for lunch at the Phoenix Art Museum.


Last up, the Ralph Lauren Bear giving me a little wave in front of the Ralph Lauren store at Biltmore Fashion Park.  This was taken back in February so wearing that big heavy bear suit would be much more comfortable than it would be if he were out there today.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Grand Entrance, Revisited


Back in May, I posted a photo of the entrance of this shop located at the Kierland Commons Shopping Center in north Scottsdale.  When I took that photo, the door was framed by those two horse statues.  When I was there last weekend, I saw that a couple of lions had been added to the front of the Royal Fine Art shop.


This time I decided I should go inside and see exactly what Royal Fine Art was all about.  I didn't expect to be greeted by this huge eagle!


The store is full of all kinds of sculptures, chandeliers, antique furnishings and other collectables.  It was a bit overwhelming.  It reminded me of a few of the villas I had just toured on my trip to Italy.  I could see some of these things adorning one of those grand places.


This one would look good over the billiards table, don't you think  ?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Getting Creative


As I was leaving the Scottsdale Museum for Contemporary Art, I saw this yucca plant positioned up against the wall of the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts.  It just seemed to have the perfect solid background for a little creative editing.


























So, I snapped a photo of it and went home to play with the editing software to see what I could come up with.  I like this version the best.  It looks like it could be an illustration in a book.