Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
This is another shot from my early morning outing at the Desert Botanical Garden. Those Chihuly red reeds brighten a shot that would have been mostly shades of green if they weren't there.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. This time I'll feature Christmas in London as the theme.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
There was entertainment throughout the whole festival, you only had to walk a short distance to see or hear something new. This group called themselves "Simply Three" and they were playing a cool version of classical music. They were great.
The name of this group is "The Missing Parts" and they had a rather unusual and jazzy take on folk music. Click on the link for a YouTube segment.
This was one of the more unusual attractions, it was a group of circus-like performers doing fire-eating and juggling and this young lady who performed on a bed of nails. I recommend you not try that at home!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Yesterday I went to the Tempe Arts Festival, an event that takes place each December and March in downtown Tempe. It's a huge arts festival with hundreds of vendors selling amazing art works, photography, jewelry, pottery, and much, much more.
Tomorrow I'll show you some of the entertainment that was going on.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I like the light effects in these shots. The top one is still before sunrise and this one is just as the sun was coming up which you can see in the background. It was a great time to go. There were only two other photographers there at the same time.
I have new photos on Sharon's Sojourns today. This time I'm featuring a birds-eye view of London.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I'm sneaking in another photo from London but, this time there is a Phoenix connection. A few years ago I had a post about Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix right after the restaurant earned the title of the best pizza in the U.S. A year or so ago, Chris Bianco joined with Jamie Oliver to open a pizza place in London at Covent Garden. I searched it out to give the pizza a try. It was great! The pizza I had was very similar to one on the menu at the Phoenix restaurant but it had a couple of solid English spins on it.
I'm kind of wishing I had a slice of it right now.
Friday, December 6, 2013
I've heard of couples showering together to save water (I think that's the reason) but, I didn't know that ducks did the same thing. This couple seems to be enjoying a nice shower in the waterfall at the Japanese Friendship Garden. It's amazing the things you can find when go out for an afternoon walk.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Last Sunday afternoon I went to the Japanese Friendship Garden to enjoy a walk in the warm weather. While I was there, I saw the water churning below the little bridge and I realized that a young couple were feeding the koi. I walked over to snap a few pictures of the feeding frenzy that ensued.
While I was snapping a few shots, a couple of ducks swam over to get into the action. As it turns out, they also enjoy the koi food. Every now and then, one of the bigger fish would give one of the ducks a little push but, that didn't seem to deter their enthusiasm.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
There were quite a lot of birds out and about at the Wildlife World Zoo last Saturday; many kinds of ducks and lots of more colorful birds including this gorgeous macaw. I was impressed by the variety of birds I saw there.
I have a new photo on Sharon's Sojourns today. I'm featuring a photo from my recent trip to London.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Last Saturday I took a drive way out to the far west side of the valley to visit Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium. It's been there for quite a while and I had never visited. It was much bigger than I expected and there was a huge variety of animals. I saw this monkey playing with a young baby. She looks like she's scolding it here. Maybe saying "quit moving around so much".
But in this shot, they both seem to be saying "I love you".
Monday, December 2, 2013
These condos are located just one block from the Phoenix Art Museum and one block from Central Avenue. I have always loved the look of these units which I bet were originally built as apartments.
I wouldn't mind living here. There is something about that 1950's art deco look that I find very appealing.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
This cute little guy was watching me take photos from the ground below his second floor balcony. I like the way he positioned himself in the center of that circle made by the balcony trim. I was taking photos around an art deco condo complex very near downtown Phoenix. Tomorrow I'll show you more of the historic building.
To see how other City Daily Photo bloggers have depicted this month's theme, click here.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
So I didn't have high tea in London while I was there, I waited until I returned to Phoenix and had high tea with friends at the Phoenician Resort in Phoenix. It's believed to be the best high tea in the area. I haven't tried them all but it certainly is a great one with finger sandwiches, scones and then an array of sweet treats all with tea and champagne. It was a lovely pre-Thanksgiving treat.
Friday, November 29, 2013
At the end of our day of touring London in a brand new Mini Cooper, Mo dropped me at St. Pancras station, that gorgeously restored train station that now houses the Eurostar train to European destinations. But, we didn't part for long.
I found us a booth at the world's longest champagne bar and Mo joined me after returning the car, for a celebratory glass of bubbly.
This concludes my little London Adventure series. I think you'll agree that Mo was the perfect tour guide. I'm so grateful to her for including me on this perfect adventure. Thanks again Mo!!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I'll return to my London Adventure series tomorrow. Today we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. Some thirteen years ago, I celebrated Thanksgiving in London when I took my dad there for quick trip. He had never been to Europe before so it was a whole new experience for him and I certainly enjoyed watching him study some of the little details that I would have overlooked. It was fun!
I found this photo of dad in front of a particularly colorful pub we walked past. I remember dad stopping to look at this place and then asking me to take his picture there.
I hope all of you have some good memories to share today!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Continuing my London Adventure with Mo, the author of the Fresh Eyes on London blog, we stopped for lunch at the brand new restaurant of the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. Not only was there a car park readily available, but we were fortunate to try the beautiful and modern museum restaurant called The Magazine.
The food was so beautifully presented and tasted so good that I completely forgot to take any photos until the dessert arrived. The presentation for this artistic and I might add tasty interpretation of creme brûlée was as dramatic as any modern art painting we would have seen in the gallery itself.
After lunch, it was nearing time to return the car but we had time to make one last stop in Regents Park. Over all my London visits, I had never been to Regents Park before so it was a particular treat for me to see this beautiful place. Even with the fall season winding down, the park was still a colorful place to take a walk on the many paths. I even got to see the BT Tower peeking out between the trees. This series will continue on Friday.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Next on our adventure agenda was a visit to the Albert Memorial. We found a convenient place to park the little Mini right in front of Royal Albert Hall.
From our parking spot, it was just a short walk across the street to admire this wonderful tribute to Queen Victoria's love for her late husband Prince Albert.
While we were there, we took a moment to admire the fall tinted trees of Hyde Park. At this point in time, our stomachs were telling us it was time for lunch so off we went in search of an appropriate lunch spot.
Monday, November 25, 2013
As we continued our drive past the famous London sites, we made a quick stop along the Victoria Embankment to snap a shot of the fun London Eye sitting across the river.
We then drove toward Trafalgar Square with a great view of Nelson's column right in front of us.
Then a quick turn up The Mall toward Buckingham Palace. Lunch with the Queen was not in the cards, but Mo did have a surprise up her sleeve. As we waited in the line of traffic, the changing of the guards parade marched right past our car.
How is that for perfect timing?
Sunday, November 24, 2013
If you follow Mo's wonderful London blog called "Fresh Eyes on London", you saw her posts about a recent adventure driving a wonderful little Mini convertible around London to show an American blogger the sights. Well that American blogger was me and that day was more than just a touring adventure, it was a sheer joy! Mo was a wonderful tour guide and more than that, became a friend. We started our day stopping at one of London's hidden jewels, St. Bartholomew Church. As Mo pointed out in her post, this church dates back to 1123, a date that boggles the mind of this American.
After picking up our gorgeous car pictured above, we started our tour of famous London sites with a stop at St. Paul's Cathedral. I must admit, I felt a bit like royalty driving up to this famous place and parking right in front so we could get out and snap a few photos.
After our quick visit to St. Paul's, we crossed the Thames and turned around to cross it again over the most famous bridge in the world, Tower Bridge. I took the above shot right out the windshield of our little car.
As we crossed the bridge, I was able to shoot a few shots out the window of the fast changing skyline of the London financial district. That building on the left is the one formerly called the Walkie Talkie building because of its shape but now being called the Walkie Scorchie building because of its reflective powers, scorching carpets and melting car parts. Mo told me that the black shade you see on the side is there to stop the reflection problem while they figure out what to do about the problem. The tall building in the middle is nick-named the Cheese Grater because of it's unique slanted shape and of course on the far right is The Gherkin. Don't you just love the names that have been given to these buildings?
Tomorrow, I'll continue with more of our Mini Adventure.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
As most of you know, I spent a week in London earlier this month. During that visit, I had the pleasure of meeting Mo, the author and photographer of the wonderful Fresh Eyes on London blog. I have followed her blog for years and always enjoy seeing London through her eyes. When Mo found out I was coming to London, she invited me to join her on an adventure. She was being give the use of a new Mini Cooper convertible for a day so that she could blog about it and I was going to get to join her on this little adventure.
For the next few days, I'm going post more about our wonderful adventure in the fun little car. Isn't it cute? Makes me want one for right here in Arizona (with the steering wheel on the other side, of course.)
Friday, November 22, 2013
As you can see from this photo, the set up for this display was not quite complete. The plants here are still in their green house pots. I think this one will be quite pretty with all that lavender and pink leading the way. They are not normal desert colors but the lavender plant does very well here so I'm going to imagine a lovely lavender field and the wonderful scent that goes with it.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Actually, I think those are cat-tails and reeds, not grass but that didn't rhyme so I took a little license. I think I've shown photos of this little watering hole at the Desert Botanical Garden before but, not with a boat full of Chihuly glass floating on it. I wonder what the frogs and toads think of this colorful display now floating in their playground.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Another Chihuly installation is this cluster of colorful glass balls. Taking photos of this one was fun. I took shots from every angle and took a lot of close ups of some of those gorgeous balls.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. I'm featuring a warm and sunny beach!