Sunday, January 20, 2019

Elegant Homes

When I took that walk to photograph the tree from yesterday's post, I also snapped a few photos of the incredibly large homes that fill that street in what is known as the Biltmore Estates.  This yellow one is looking very stately.

Of course I like this Tudor style home.  Anything with a bit of Tudor styling is always appealing to me.  However, this one is a bit too large for me.  (Actually, it's a lot too large.)

I had to grab another photo of my favorite house on this street.  It's the one that makes me think of the Italian or French countryside every time I see it.  It's secluded behind trees that surround it but the gate was open when I passed so it gave me an opportunity to sneak a photo.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm visiting a place in the heart of Santa Fe.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Inspiring Tree

I was headed home and almost there when I spotted this beautifully shaped tree with its leaves all turned brown.  So when I got home, I put on the walking shoes and walked back to get a photograph of the tree.

In my minds eye, I could picture that tree with its leaves all taking on a beautiful fall color.  So, I edited the photo and changed the brown to red.  That tree would have been a stunner if the leaves had all turned red.

Then I thought, why not turn it into a painting.  So using a different application, I gave it an artistic flare.  What do you think?  Which version appeals to you?

Friday, January 18, 2019


This is a fairly recent acquisition at the Phoenix Art Museum.  It's a sculpture called "Heech" by Parviz Tanavoli and Iranian artist.  Tanavoli is considered the father of Iranian modern sculpture.  He lives in Canada part time and Iran part time but, at one time he taught sculpture at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

This piece is located in the lobby of museum.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Just One of Those Things....

....that catches my eye.
Chairs set up at the Phoenix Art Museum in an area that is used for events.  There was just something about the simple pattern of the chairs with that giant circle behind them that caught my eye.  I used that giant circle as a back-drop once before when this room was being set up for a wedding.

This time the room appears to be set up for a meeting or a lecture or perhaps a performance of some kind.  If you are a regular reader, you know that I do love to discover interesting patterns.  This is just another of those observations.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Textures of the Desert

When I was at the Desert Botanical Garden last week, I took a few photos of different cactus and I got to thinking about all the different textures and patterns these plants made.

So I created these collages to try to show off their different shapes and sizes.

Some are prickly and some are smooth and they are all so very different.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Waiting for a Treat

I stopped at the Farmer's Market last Saturday and saw this very patient Golden Retriever and his people at the Dog Treats stand.  He has his full attention on that bag being passed over.

They tried to get him to pose for me but he wasn't about to take his eye off that bag of treats.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Three Years Late

Three years ago, I posted a photo of this new feature at the Desert Botanical Garden before it was complete.  All those circles were in place but, they were open.  You can see it here.  In that post I told you that I would show you the finished piece but, I failed to follow through.  I will be perfectly honest, I probably didn't follow through because I didn't really care for it when I first saw it.  I wasn't happy with the colors they chose for those glass pieces.

However, I've grown used to it over the past three years.

It does look good at night all lit up.  

When I took a walk there last Friday, I noticed how the afternoon sun was shining through the glass and creating colorful patterns on the ground in front.  Now that I like very much.  

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Where Will the Bugs Sleep Tonight?

I took a walk on Friday at the Desert Botanical Garden and I found two new "bug" hotels located on the garden grounds.  These are clever little structures that give those bugs that are so beneficial to garden life a place to sleep and have families.  I loved this one, The Grand Budapest Hotel.  They didn't even have to switch any letters in the name for this one.  The "pest" part fits the theme perfectly.

The other one I found isn't as regal looking as the hotel above which I'm sure would not sit well with a certain English royal family.  This one is "Bug-ingham Palace".

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm back inside the Guggenheim checking out the art.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Black Widow

As with almost everyone, I did a bit of shopping during the holiday season and on one of those shopping trips, this beautiful, chrome black widow spider on the side of a vehicle caught my eye.

When I took a closer look, I noticed there were black widow spiders on the wheels of the truck as well.  

Here's the whole vehicle looking very shiny and well cared for.  I bet the inside has a spider theme going on too.  I didn't attempt to peek in the windows though.  I was afraid I might get bit!  😬

Friday, January 11, 2019

Alley Cat

I was taking a shortcut through the alley behind some shops when this little fellow darted out in front of me.  I stopped to watch him as he examined some boxes stacked up behind one of the shops.  Then he spotted me watching him and he decided to watch me too!  He's a cute little guy and he didn't mind having his picture taken at all.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Student Designers

Last June, I found a vacant shop at Scottsdale Fashion Mall that had been turned into a place to display the creative design talents of students at ASU.  You can see that post here.

When I was at the mall recently, I found some new designs in the shop window.

Some of them are functional like those above and some are wild and crazy like this outfit to the left.  How about those boots?

I like outfits made of patchwork fabrics but, I couldn't wear that hat.

I didn't find anything in the windows that I'd actually purchase myself but, I could picture these items gliding down the runway at a fashion show.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


A little over a year ago, I introduced you to the art works of Bill Tonnesen.  He makes sculptures of all kinds but it's his human form sculptures that really catch the eye.

This lady pouring the black paint all over her is one of his works.  It's located on the patio dining area of AZ88, that Scottsdale restaurant I've featured here many times.  It's the one with the changing art exhibits however, this lady is a permanent feature.

Here she is from the side.

This big lady is also found at AZ88 greeting guests just inside the front door.  She has been sitting there for many years wearing her tutu and funny hat.

The other Bill Tonnesen sculptures that I've featured in the past are here and here.

I'm sure I'll find more of his sculptures to share with you as I continue my explorations.  They are all over the valley.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Design Revisited

Several years ago, I photographed this table and the artistic arrangement on top of it.  I revisited this quiet little corner at Scottsdale Fashion Square recently and found the same table but a new set of objects sitting on it.  This space is at the top of a staircase that I'm sure hardly anyone uses.  In fact, this area of the mall has been under construction after one store closed about two years ago.  So hardly anyone would venture this way.  Which do you like better, this arrangement or the one from 2015?

Monday, January 7, 2019

The View Out the Window

I was shopping at Crate & Barrel at Scottsdale Fashion Square a while ago when I noticed the nice view out the window.  Scottsdale Fashion Square is a huge shopping center that is located on both sides of Camelback Road with many shops located in the overpass across the road.  In fact, there are actually two places where the center crosses roads, one here (on the right but not seen in this shot) and one that crosses Goldwater Blvd (also not seen in this photo).  Crate & Barrel is a two story store and I'm on the second floor at the level that crosses the street.  Out the window you can see the buildings of the Scottsdale Waterfront.  Here is a picture of those buildings from the waterfront side.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Row of Clubs

This is close to where I took yesterday's photo of all the bar stools in downtown Phoenix.  Those stools were located right around the corner down there on the right.  Across the street, that big brown building is Symphony Hall.  There is a row of night clubs and bars along this street and I've walked passed them a few times after a performance at Symphony Hall and I have to weave my way through the crowds of people waiting to get in one of the clubs.

Here is a closer look at the three bars down on the end of the block.  Directly behind me is where all that construction is going on that I featured on Friday.  I wonder if there will be any changes made to this noisy night club scene once there are condos located across the street.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm visiting another New York place for the first time.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

All Lined Up

These bar stools are all lined up in a neat row (except for that odd one down there) and ready for customers.  But, there aren't many customers brave enough to sit outside when the temperatures are so cold.  We have had a week long of some unusually cold temperatures here in the desert southwest.  It's supposed to be back to normal starting today!  Fingers crossed.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Construction Workers

There is some heavy duty construction going on in downtown Phoenix these days.  There is supposed to be a big supermarket opening up soon on this spot but, since it keeps climbing up skyward, I think it's going to be so much more.

I'm guessing that there will be condos or apartments above that grocery store.  The framework is looking pretty elaborate.  There has never been a full blown supermarket in downtown Phoenix so people who live in the area are getting pretty excited to have it open sometime this spring.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Signs with a Sense of Humor

I did some Christmas shopping at Tarbell's Wine Store over the holidays and I found myself reading this sign in front of my parking space.  I love a place with a sense of humor.

This was the sign in front of the next parking space.  It's a good thing I didn't park in this one. My car won't turn any heads.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Dancing in the New Year

I attended the Phoenix Symphony New Year's Eve Gala again this year and I danced in the new year.  Yes, I can still move around a dance floor.  Just not as often as I could 20 years ago.

The Symphony played beautiful music for an hour and then JJ's Band rocked in the new year with all the favorites.  It was a fabulous evening.

And then yesterday, I went to a friend's house for her annual New Year's Day tradition of black-eyed peas and greens.  Eating black-eyed peas on New Year's day is supposed to bring luck for the coming year and the greens are for money!  Two things we can all use!  😉

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Theme Day: Photo of the Year

Happy New Year!

Here it is the first of the month and the first day of the year 2019!  On the first day of the new year, City Daily Photo Bloggers post their favorite photo from the year before.  I'm going to choose this one that I posted earlier
 last month.  I posted a lot of pretty photos of nature and architecture but, this one I think is my favorite.  I was so lucky to have spotted that young lady sitting at her computer through the window of an art gallery.  

Click here to see other photos of the year from around the world.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Colorful Tree

How is this for a colorful tree.  It's the only one I've seen lately that actually turned red.  All the others have either turned yellow or brown.  This one is putting on quite a show.  The smaller red plants are bougainvillea.  They bloom red all year long.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Scenes from a Resort Weekend

One last post from the weekend at the Arizona Biltmore.  Above, one of the many bungalows available. 

A beautifully shaped tree somewhere on the grounds.

Above, some of the desserts available at the Sunday brunch.  That was a pretty spectacular brunch with piles of crab claws, shrimp and smoked salmon along with a number of items that could be ordered from the kitchen and then all these beautifully crafted desserts.

Last is one more shot of the large tree framed by those wonderful Frank Lloyd Wright "Sprites". It really was a great experience.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm taking a quick spin around the United Nations.