Saturday, November 17, 2018


When I was at that store called Modernique that I featured last week, one of the women working there offered me a French Macaron while I was browsing the store.  It was so delicious, I asked where they got it.  They told me it came from a tiny bakery called simply "A Bakeshop".  It wasn't far away so I headed over there to get some of those macarons for myself.  You can see some of them on the top shelf of that display case.

The bakery was indeed small but the things I brought home with me were all outstanding.  I'll be back to try some more.  Not only were the baked goods fantastic, but just look how pretty the place is.

Friday, November 16, 2018

More Light, Water and Art

I have a few more of the art pieces from the Canal Convergence event.  Above is a piece called "Floret" by Koros Designs.  It changes colors and the petals open when people step on pressure plates.

To the left is "Re-Cyclone" a sculpture made of 5000 plastic water bottles.  This one had handles on it that people could use to spin it.  It also turns colors.  It was created by Martin Taylor and Chromaforms Art Collective.

There were several of the above "Loops" scattered around the area.  It creates the illusion of early films as the person inside work the lever.

The one to the left was called "Infinity Crystal".  It was created by Clip Collective.  The glass structure is full of LED lights and mirrors.  It was fascinating to look at....almost hypnotic.

I did manage to go back again last night.  What a great art event!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Light, Water and Art

On Tuesday evening I joined friends to experience the fall "Canal Convergence" art installations at the Scottsdale waterfront.  I think this was the best one I've ever attended.  Above is an installation called "Iceberg".  It was a tunnel of light and sound to represent an iceberg from calving to melting.  It was fun to walk through and pretty to look at.  It was created by Atomic3 and Appareil Architecture in collaboration with Jean-Sebastian Cote and Philippe Jean.

Another feature was something called "Arizona" which was a hand-crocheted lace ribbon, 8 feet wide and over 600 feet long.  It took 100 volunteer crocheters to put it together following a design created by Choi+Shine.

I think my favorite piece was something called "Floatus" which consisted of 12 aluminum lotus sculptures floating in the canal.  Each was equipped with LED lights that changed colors and flame FX systems that could shoot fire 30 feet in the air.  The fire shows were choreographed to music and happened at certain intervals.  This one was created by Walter Productions.

There were many more pieces that I will show in the next day or two.  The event only lasts until Sunday so I think I'll go one more time to see it again and photograph more.  What a super event!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Modern, Novel, Unique, Eclectic....

....all those words apply!

Last weekend, I discovered a very unique store called Modernique.  It is owned by Julia Buckingham, a Chicago based designer who has a reputation for mixing old with new to create a "window into the past and a bridge to the future."

I didn't know any of that when I entered the store, I learned most of it by consulting the website.  All I knew at the time was that I was enjoying looking at so many unique and some might say crazy things that looked so good together.

After all, shouldn't everyone have a bust of Napoleon with a lighted hat?

I fell in love with this 3-drawer chest.  The drawers are faced with glass over multi-colored panels.  It doesn't go with anything I have but I love the look of it.

I had so much fun exploring the things in this store.  It was a visual treat!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Secret Garden

There is a little patch at the Desert Botanical Garden located between a bench and one of the office buildings where I find some of the most beautiful flowers blooming.  And the funny thing is, that not many people ever see these beauties because of the odd location.  The little patch of ground has a very utilitarian look to it with electrical boxes and hoses close by.

The flowers I find there are all in the lily family and I've seen red ones and white ones and this time this striped one.

There is no sign to identify the plants, they just grow there quietly.  I honestly think that one of the gardeners plants them there for his/her own amusement.  But, since I know where to look, I'm in on the secret now too.

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Real Thing

Yesterday I posted some photos of paintings on display at the Desert Botanical Garden that featured some of the birds native to the desert southwest.  Apparently the real birds did not want to be out done by a group of paintings so they posed for some real-life shots.  It's rare that I spot the horned owls but there he was looking down at me.

This tiny little hummingbird was sitting in a nearby tree observing all the people gathering to get photos of the owl.

This sweet little cactus wren wasn't far away.  The cactus wrens are very plentiful in the garden so I can always count on seeing one of these fellows on my visits.  I guess art and nature go hand in hand at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Untamed: Wild Compositions

The Desert Botanical Garden has a small gallery and they have exhibits of artworks throughout the year.  Each exhibit has something to do with nature and the mission of the garden.  The current exhibit is called Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales.

The exhibit contains a series of paintings that depict desert plants and desert wildlife.

I think my favorites are the owl in the top photo and this little cactus wren.

They are beautiful works of art!

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I've compiled a group of random shots from my recent trip to New York.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Chiles & Chocolate

This weekend is the Chiles and Chocolate event at the Desert Botanical Garden.  I saw them roast up some delicious looking chiles and set them out to cool before bagging them up to sell.  There is just something about the smell of fresh roasted chiles.  Yum!

And in the vendor area you could buy everything from fine chocolates to gelato to all kinds of spices.  Above was a display of all the variety of ingredients that make up the different types of mole.  This vendor sold little spice packets for a variety of mole flavors.

This is such a delicious event and I always come home with something tasty.  This time is was three flavors of biscotti.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Dia de los Muertos

I almost forgot about these photos I took last weekend when I went to the Desert Botanical Garden to see their annual Dia de los Muertos events.  One event they always have is a display of Offrendas (offerings) created by local artists.  Here are two of the altars on display.  The top one was created by Patrick Murillo and the one to the left by Patricia Silva.  Both have a sort of Aztec look to them.

This one is the community altar for the entire garden.  As always they were colorful and interesting and made walking around the garden an adventure of discovery.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

City of Water, City of Fire

From my stop at the Heard Museum, I drove just down the street a little way to the Phoenix Art Museum to see a new exhibit they had all about a Mexican archeological site called Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire.  So here we have a show of artifacts from an ancient archeological site at the art museum.  Another combination that seemed a bit odd to me.
However, most of what was on display were sculptures, masks, statues and other artistic objects.  In fact, there were so many of these objects on the site giving evidence of a very large arts community.

The small figures above were all female figures and all stood around 4 inches tall.  The one just above is a mother with a child in what looks like a carry basket similar to what we see mothers using today. An ancient connection to modern day!

Somehow, I felt like seeing these two exhibits (the one at the Heard that I featured yesterday and this one) on the same day they sort of complemented each other.  I'm glad I got to see them both.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Surprising Connection

The Heard Museum has a new exhibition that features some artwork by Henri Matisse, an artist I would never expect to see in a museum dedication to the art of Native American people.

The pieces by Matisse include works that have not been publicly shown in the United States before and include a vast array of black and white portraits that were inspired in part by some Yup'ik (Native Alaskan) masks that were collected by his son-in-law Georges Duthuit.

Some of the masks were also included in the exhibit and they were equally intriguing.

The photo at the top is of a catalogue of the masks that was illustrated by Matisse and below that is one of the many drawings.  the last two photos are of some of the masks.

Along with the drawings and the masks, there were photographs, films and other objects included in the exhibit.

It was interesting to learn something totally unexpected about a well known Great Master.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


A simple message to all my American readers!  If you haven't already done so, go vote.  It's more important than ever.  I've seen these billboards pop up in the last few weeks delivering the same message!  I hope everyone takes heed.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Black Birds

This mural was recently added to the side of the Central Arizona Supply Company, a plumbing, hardware and lighting store.  I discovered that it was painted by Amanda Adkins and I'm going to assume that it was commissioned by the store.  It's called Black Birds for obvious reasons.  Those birds look a whole lot like the noisy grackles that we find in abundance around this area.  

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday Skyline

This skyline is from an area of Phoenix we call Midtown, just north of the downtown area.  It's another business district dotted with high-rise buildings.  Those two towers in the center are where the fountain I posted here and the Code Talker statue I posted here are located.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I have a bird's eye view of Manhattan.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

My Golf Course View

Here are two views of the Arizona Biltmore Golf Course from the part of it that is close to where I live.  When I head out for a walk (which it is finally cool enough to do again), this is my first glimpse of the course.

On the other side of the path is this view!  I'm so glad it's nice enough to be outside again!

Friday, November 2, 2018

I Love Flowers

I saw these pretty lilies at the grocery store earlier this week and I couldn't resist taking them home.  Once I put them in a vase, I decided I should photograph them because I just loved everything about them, the shape, the color and the way they stood in the vase.  So, out came my black backdrop and I snapped a few photos.  This one is my favorite.

Then the next day I noticed how the sun from a window was lighting them up so I snapped another photo and then I got the idea of playing with my photo editing app to see what I might come up with.

Here are two of the results that I liked.  Flowers...they just make me happy!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Theme Day: Friend

Today is the first of the month so it's theme day for City Daily Photo Bloggers and this month's theme is "Friend".  Instead of one friend, I'm showing two friends.  These are my two travel companions on my recent trip to New York.  On the left is Julie who many of you know from the former Scottsdale Daily Photo blog and on the right is Julie's mother Glenda.  I've traveled with these two ladies many times sometimes with one or the other and sometimes with both.  Nothing beats a good travel friend.

Oh and by the way, this is a photo of the three of us at dinner in New York at the delicious JoJo Restaurant!   That was one fantastic meal.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween

I found a pop-up Halloween store at the Scottsdale Fashion Square a few weeks ago and I went inside to see what they had and found some pretty scary stuff inside.

All of these horrific looking creatures were triggered by movement and would growl and snarl and pour out hideous laughter as you walked past.

If I had seen things like this when I was a little kid out trick-or-treating, I don't think I'd ever go out again.  Dark nights and scraggly, leafless trees were enough to scare me back then.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Pumpkin Land, Part Two

More of the pumpkin vignettes at the Desert Botanical Garden as part of their annual "Strange Garden" event for Halloween.  It looks like See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Speak No Evil are back again.

This couple was enjoying a seat around the camp fire.

A little Mariachi Band was performing in one corner.

And a couple of cute Hula dancers were doing their thing.

It wouldn't be a full-on Halloween display without a witch or two flying through the air.

This daredevil was jumping off the high diving board into that tub of water.  Brave soul!

This is such a fun display.  I'm glad they started doing this every year.