Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Before I went to the museum event I posted about yesterday, I stopped at The Farm at South Mountain, an organic farming complex located within the city limits on the far south side of town. In addition to farming, there are restaurants that serve fabulous meals. In fact, I posted about one of the restaurants way back in January of 2009. Between the rows of vegetables growing were row after row of these gorgeous flowers called Zulu Prince Daisies.
Here is a patch of lettuce growing quite beautifully and a little further on are green onion and garlic plants.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Saturday was Ancient Technology Day at Pueblo Grande Museum. There were all kinds of demonstrations such as basket weaving, stone tool making, jewelry making and other ancient technologies. Above is the "chuck wagon" and the gentleman here was demonstrating a baking technique making cinnamon rolls inside dutch oven. He's just lifted the lid that is filled with hot charcoal to see how they are cooking.
The back of the chuck wagon was filled with all the essentials to whip up a tasty meal on the road.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
We humans do have a strong attraction to water, don't we? When we are young, that attraction seems to be even stronger. I saw this young fellow simply enthralled by the water in this fountain at Biltmore Fashion Park on Friday. His mother was sitting nearby keeping an eye on him but, he was determined to get at least his hand and arms wet! If his mother hadn't been so vigilant, I think he might have found a way to take a dip.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. I'm visiting an enchanting place in Wales.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
I went to the Phoenix Suns game Thursday night with my friend Janet and what a game it was. We played the Oklahoma City Thunder, the western conference leader in a game that came right down to the last minute. With 3:45 minutes left in the third quarter, OC was ahead 96 to 80. But, the Sun's came alive suddenly gave us a real on-your-feet show down. They came within one three-point shot of meeting the franchise record for 3-pointers. In fact, the the three-point scoreboard shown above, was completely filled. I've never seen that before.
And, three of the Sun's dancers were sitting on the sidelines shaking their pom-pons and enjoying all the excitement.
Friday, March 7, 2014
For many, many years I've tried to get a decent photo of a cardinal, those ever elusive scarlet beauties. They tend to be very skittish around people so by the time I'd spot one, off it flew because it spotted me. On Wednesday afternoon I was enjoying an iced tea at an outdoor table when one flew right by my table. I grabbed my camera in time to see it land on, of all things, the trash bin. I snapped the shot just before it actually disappeared into the trash-filled depths. A minute later it flew out with a piece of bread in it's mouth and flew away and out of sight. So, my dumpster photo will have to do….for now.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
On my way out of the Indian Fair & Market, I caught sight of singer Radmilla Cody performing on the Pavilion Stage near the exit. She writes her own songs and explained how each one developed before she sang it. What a lovely voice she has.
This woman was making a Native American treat called Piki bread. It's from the Hopi cuisine, made of blue cornmeal and ash. The batter is spread out by hand on a hot grilling platform. It cooks quickly and is then rolled up (again by hand from the hot grill) and served. I bet she has developed some serious calluses on her finger tips.
But these two things just touch the tip of the iceberg when I comes to what I saw there. So many extremely talented people all in one place. It was a treat for the eyes.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The White Mountain Apache Dancers were part of the entertainment on the amphitheater stage. Above the patriarch of the family is explaining the dances to the audience.
We saw the Buffalo Dance which honors the spirit of the buffalo who gives his life to nourish the people.
Then we saw the beautiful Butterfly Dance featuring this lovely young woman in a colorful costume.
I'm not done yet, I'll have some more photos from this great event tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Julius Badoni lives in Phoenix has his own unique style of painting and drawing. He told me about the work of art behind him that he said was a bit of an experiment. He painted it on an old discarded screen, the kind we used to view home movies and slide shows on. He painted the figure of General Custer in the center and has hand gestures that represent shadows produced on a screen as if people were gesturing into the light stream being projected. On one side are hostile gestures on on the other side are positive gestures. He packed a lot of power into this experiment!
The painting on the left was a ribbon winner at this show. You might notice that the clouds are shaped like the two American continents. He told me that represents how people tend to migrate with the seasons. And, I'm sure we've all seen those shoes thrown over power lines. He's added that same scene only he has made the shoes moccasins instead of running shoes. Laying on the table is a smaller painting that is his interpretation of a rug pattern than his mother, a weaver made. Julius was a very interesting person to talk to. I hope I run into him again.
Monte Yellow Bird, Sr. is decked out in a traditional Native American costume. Mr. Yellow Bird is a mixed media artist, storyteller, and an educational consultant. I told him that he was every bit as beautiful as his artwork. Don't you agree?
More to come tomorrow.
Monday, March 3, 2014
One of the other major events this past weekend was the 56th Annual Heard Museum Guild's Indian Fair & Market. I went on Sunday and was pleased that the rains had passed over night and it was a beautiful Arizona winter day. One of the things I love about this event is meeting and talking to the vast array of artists. Above is Susan Hudson of "Traditional Woman Quilts". She posed for my photo in front of her prize-winning quilt that was telling a history of reservation life. The bottom row represents the period where children were taken away from the reservation to attend special schools designed to integrate them into a white society. The wheels of the carts are handcuffs to emphasize the fact that they were taken away against their will. The second row represents how they looked when they entered the schools in their traditional Native American clothing. The top row represents how they looked after leaving the school after they were given new clothing to make them fit in 'our' society.
Fortunately, this experiment in integration didn't work very well, and we are still blessed to be able to view and experience the beautiful traditions, food, artwork, and clothing they generously share with us.
Susan said she wouldn't be able to see my post because there is no internet where she lives. She doesn't have a web site for the same reason.
I'll introduce you to two more artists tomorrow.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Yesterday was a big event day in Phoenix with several major events going on in all parts of the valley. It was also the first day that it has rained since way before Christmas. We certainly do need the rain so I'm not complaining about it. I'm just wondering why it had to come on Saturday. During the week would have been perfectly fine with me. The event I attended was the annual "Devoured" event at the Phoenix Art Museum. It is a sort of food fest with many restaurants on hand to pass out samples of special dished they've whipped up for the crowds. I ran into Sam Pillsbury sampling some of his fabulous wines. Do you remember when I saw Sam at a special wine dinner a couple of years ago? You can see that photo here.
It was fun (and delicious) in spite of the inclement weather.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. I'm experiencing a touch of Egypt but I only traveled a few 100 miles away.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
It's the first of March and another theme day has rolled around. Today's theme is People on the Street. The minute I heard what the theme was going to be, I knew this was the photo I was going to use. I live just one block from Phoenix College and I drive by the campus at least once a day. One morning I spotted this guy walking along and my immediate thought was that I needed to get a shot but, my camera was in my purse so I knew I'd have to slow down or stop to get it. It was too good to pass up so, I slowed the car down, grabbed the camera out of my back rolled down the window and took two shots. The entire time I thought I'd get caught but he never turned around. I guess my car is quieter than I thought it was.
That's the story of how I got the shot. Now what do you suppose the story is about this guy with his pants hanging below his derriere? Whatever it is, it's a good thing he had clean underwear on.
To see how other City Daily Photo Bloggers have depicted the theme, click here.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I do enjoy the sight of repeating patterns and I think these "fins" on the top of a downtown parking garage fit the bill very well. It's one of the many public garages that is also used by city of Phoenix employees. I'm sure the metal design is there to add an appealing look to what might otherwise be a drab facility and I think it works.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
These signs are showing up in the windows of a very large percentage of Arizona businesses who are taking a stand against a bill that was passed in our state legislature making it legal for businesses to refuse to serve gay, lesbian, or transgender people on the grounds of fundamental religious beliefs. As a rule, I try to stay away from controversial issues but, this one has once again put my beautiful state of Arizona in a bad light across the country and the world. The bill has not been signed into law yet, and hopefully it never will but, a lot of damage has already been done to Arizona's reputation through the national coverage.
I guess the reason I'm posting this is so that you know that the vast majority of Arizonans are appalled by this piece of legislation and that all major businesses in Arizona along with our two U.S. Senators are advising the governor to veto this misguided and hateful piece of legislation.
Governor Brewer, please Veto SB 1062!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
As many times as I've been to the Desert Botanical Garden, I can't believe I never noticed the tiny little blooms on this cactus. I'm actually surprised I saw them on this occasion.
The cactus itself is so large and the blooms are so tiny that you really have to get close to see them and getting close to cactus is not always a good idea. Apparently the light was just right on Sunday because as I walked past this massive plant, I suddenly saw a flash of white. I moved in a little closer and found the very dainty little lace-like blooms all over the arms of the Whortleberry Cactus.
Monday, February 24, 2014
I did an early morning (member's only) walk at the garden Sunday morning and boy was it peaceful. I do enjoy going when there aren't crowds of people and let me tell you, there have been huge crowds of people ever since the Chihuly exhibit went up. I arrived just as the sun was coming up so I got to photograph in completely different light than I usually see in the late afternoon. And, to top it all off, the birds were singing like crazy! It was a perfect morning for a walk.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Yesterday, I went to the Fountain Hills Festival of Arts with my friend Janet. Boy, was it busy! And, hot! Walking around under the bright sun between the rows of art booths on an almost 80 degree (27C) day had me feeling like summer had arrived. The Fountain Hills festival is one of the biggest in the valley and must be running very close to the size of the one in Tempe. I took the above photo when the Fountain Hills fountain was erupting. See it in the background?
But this wall decoration made from thin pieces of stone with little pockets in it for live plants was less expensive. I didn't buy either but it was fun to look.
It was a fun day in the sun!
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. I travel just a short distance from Phoenix to visit the old west.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
On Thursday when I was at the botanical garden, I saw this roadrunner nesting in the arms of a rather prickly cactus near the central garden area. I wasn't the only one who spotted it. There were quite literally 30 or 40 other people gathered around to watch. Last year when the roadrunner was nesting a little further away from this spot, it was before this latest Chihuly exhibit so there weren't heavy crowds roaming the garden and that roadrunner had a little more privacy. Well, except for all those high powered lenses pointed it's way but, those photographers were very quiet and professional. The crowd I saw yesterday was quite noisy and they were flashing away with a variety of cameras and cell phones and even one iPad. I'm glad this bird is pretty well hidden and even when it is seen, certainly no one would reach through the thorns guarding it's home.
Friday, February 21, 2014
I made my weekly Desert Botanical Garden walk yesterday afternoon and while walking around, I spotted this starling sitting atop a cactus so I framed him with a bit of Chihuly glass and voila, I had my Friday shot. I can always count on the garden to supply me with some interesting shots. Have a great weekend all!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
…time to kiss another frog!
I must admit that when I saw this little ceramic frog it made me think of the old saying about how many frogs one must kiss before you find your prince (or princess as the case may be). This one looks like it's happily puckering up!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I spent a long time looking at this painting "The Tradition Lives On" by David Bradley hanging in the Heard Museum. Mr. Bradley painted this piece in 2007 and said he wanted to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Heard Museum Guild's Indian Fair and Market. At the same time he was paying tribute to the great masters of Indian art who paved the way for all Native American artists. He also sprinkled in a few influential great artists and some pop culture figures.
In the center front row is Maria Martinez a potter. He placed her in the center because the tradition of pottery-making is an elemental form of Indian art. To her left is Charles Loloma, a jeweler and Allan Houser the famous sculptor. On the other side, to her right is Fritz Scholder a painter, he is shaking hands with fabric artist Lloyd New. Standing between them is painter T.C. Cannon. You might have also spotted, Freda Kahlo handing flowers to Georgia O'Keeffe with R.C. Gorman looking on. Behind Freda is Diego Rivera. And, did you spot Pablo Picasso wearing his trademark striped shirt? Some of the pop culture figures I spotted are The Lone Ranger near the center in the white hat and of course, Grant Wood's American Gothic figures to the far right of the painting. They are holding some Indian art pieces instead of the iconic pitchfork.
You can see that there is plenty to see in this painting. One can look at it for a long time and continue to spot new people and places.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I had to buy new tires last Friday so while I was waiting for the guys at Discount Tires to put them on my car, I took a little walk down the street and saw this sculpture almost hidden in the parking lot of a large jewelers store. It's a playful sculpture with the young boy dropping his bag and jumping on the fence. It looks like that bull dog has him treed or is that "fenced".
Monday, February 17, 2014
It's now the end of another busy weekend for me. It is just that time of year I guess. It started with dinner with friends on Friday night and then Saturday brought a reception at one place followed by dinner with some friends who were visiting from Toronto. When I got to the home where dinner was scheduled I was a bit overwhelmed by this gorgeous table set up outside so that all of us could enjoy dinner under the stars……in February!
On Sunday I attended the One in Ten Brunch at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. My close friend David was the chair of the silent auction committee which did quit well. I donated one of my photographs in the auction and it sold along with a ton of other great things donated by other people. Yes, I did pick up a little something for myself, a lovely southwestern necklace that I'll put to good use. It was for a good cause, you know. Above is the Omaggio choir who serenaded us at the beginning and the end of the luncheon.
After the event, we had cocktails at the patio bar of the Biltmore Hotel. It doesn't get much better than this. Sitting on the patio of a grand hotel, sipping a glass of wine with great friends on a warm Arizona winter day with a stunning view in the background. A nice way to wind down from another busy weekend.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I drove over to Scottsdale on Saturday to pick up more bird seed for the peach-faced lovebirds who hang out in my yard. When I got to the shopping center where the store is located, I saw these gorgeous glass decorations sitting on top of pillars in front of the center.
So, I'm happy I got some great colorful photos and the birds are happy they have more food. It's a win-win for everyone.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Do you remember that gnarled tree I posted last summer? If not, here it is. I really do love this old, twisted tree and it's looking good all wrapped in lights at this time of year so it can be enjoyed after sundown.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. I make a return visit to a favorite restaurant.