Sunday, May 24, 2015

There is more blooming going on...

I thought all the palo verde trees were done blooming but I was wrong.  I've seen quite a lot of gorgeous yellow trees in all parts of the city.  I found this one in Paradise Valley around the corner from those purple shrubs I posted yesterday.

They certainly have the look of spring time to them.  You can even see a glimpse of another one of those Texas Sage shrubs in the background of this shot.  That one hasn't been trimmed into a shape like the ones I featured yesterday.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm continuing the Santa Fe story with a feature on the art that can be found in that city.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


I saw these Texas sage bushes along the side of a street in Paradise Valley and I had to stop to get a photo or two.  These are just green shrubs most of the year but at this time of year they break out in color.

I thought these bushes had an exceptional amount of blooms resulting in almost a carpet of purple/lavender blooms.  It really is my favorite color so drew me in right away.

Friday, May 22, 2015


I discovered this "saucy" lady on the side of an Italian restaurant back in my old neighborhood the other day.  She must be new.  I haven't sen her before.  Looks like the old neighborhood joint is spicing things up!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Not that White House....

It is a White House, it's just not that White House.  I found this place while walking around in old town Scottsdale.  It wasn't open or I would have gone in.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Downtown Phoenix

I took this photo of some of our downtown high-rise buildings from a different point of view than most skyline photos.  The building on the left is the Federal Courthouse.  U.S. Bank is in the center and the Orpheum Lofts building is the shorter one.  The lofts building was once an office building where I worked for several years.  I featured it in a post a few years ago here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Garden Sightings

In spite of the rain this last weekend, I did manage to get a walk at the garden squeezed in and I'm very glad I did.  There was lots to see (and photograph) like this gorgeous pink cactus bloom.  Isn't that a beauty?

These tiny baby quail were following along behind their mother but every now and then they would straggle behind.  They are such cute little fuzzy creatures.  Don't you think that one in the middle has awfully big feet?

This cactus created its own bouquet of gorgeous blooms.  What an amazing sight to see all these blooms on one cactus.  There was a lot to enjoy before the rain started.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Interesting Weather

On Friday, a weather front came roaring through the Phoenix area with thunder storms and lots of rain.  The photo above was taken early in the morning when the front was moving in but, you can see that grey tint in the sky.  It started to rain around 1:00 PM and rained most of the day after that.

On Saturday there was no more rain but we were left with those big puffy white clouds that I like so much.

By late afternoon, the clouds were thinning out as they made their way eastward toward New Mexico.  I do love seeing the skies full of these gorgeous big clouds.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Santa Fe Style

On my walk around the Scottsdale Old Town area a few weeks ago I found this wonderful Pueblo style building  sitting on a side street.  It reminded me of Santa Fe New Mexico where everything is this style.

The building which houses a health and wellness group, looks good from every angle with it's wonderful styling and desert landscaping.

But if you are a purest, and would like to see this style in it's proper environment, flip over to my travel site Sharon's Sojourns and you will see true Santa Fe style in it's element.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

More Mid-Century Modern

Across the street from yesterday's mid-century modern apartment complex are two more built in that same era.  The one above is called Granada and it has that long sweeping walkway that takes you up to the second floor with a three tiered fountain just behind the walk.

The one above is more low-slung with a squared off design.  It's called "Dayo".  I'm guessing that comes from that old Harry Belafonte song.

Just down the street from all three of the housing complexes, I saw this old VW bug!  It seemed to fit right in to the surroundings.  Is that a kangaroo decal I see on the back window?  And I do believe that steering wheel is on the right-hand side of the car.  I think this VW came all the way from Australia!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mid-Century Modern in Scottsdale

When I was walking around in Scottsdale two weeks ago, I came across a street lined with mid-century modern apartment complexes.  At least they were apartments at one time.  Now they all seem to be condos and many of them are listed on the short-term rental market.  That makes sense, their location couldn't be better.  Within walking distance of galleries, restaurants, night clubs and shops.  I liked the way this one had the cutouts for the palm trees to grow right up through the roof.

The place definitely has the mid-century modern look to it.  I'll show you a couple of the other complexes in a future post.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Phoenix Bird

Phoenix Daily Photo has hit a bit of milestone today.  This is the 2500th post!

I thought I'd celebrate the occasion with one of the many iconic Phoenix Bird depictions that I see around town.  I really should do a series on these various statues.  There are quite a few to be found in our fair city.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sparkly Sparkles

I was probably the only person in the ballroom at the Phoenician Resort who was looking straight up at the ceiling most of the time.  I loved seeing the sparkly chandeliers hanging over the area.

The are designed like giant flowers with sparkly petals and they sure had me intrigued.  So, of course, I whipped out my camera and took a couple of shots.  I'm sure there were one or two people who saw me and thought I was a bit whacky but, that sort of thing doesn't bother me at all.  In fact, it's kind of fun doing the odd thing in a crowd of people don't you think?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Diamond Bloom

I discovered a new sculpture in Scottsdale located in front of the new Scottsdale Museum of the West.  It's called "Diamond Bloom" by Curtis Pittman.

The description for the piece says:

"Delicately emerging from the landscape Diamond Bloom serves as an icon marking the southern edge of Scottsdale's arts district.  Reminiscent of a cactus flower, the sculpture's radiant changing qualities of light shadow and color contribute to its dynamic botanical form."

I'm not sure it reminds me of a cactus flower but, I do like it's form.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Weekend full of flowers

I saw so many gorgeous bouquets of flowers leaving the stores over the weekend that I had to get some for myself.  I chose these yellow roses with the burgundy lilies to dress up my dining room table.

Sunday morning when I took my walk at the Desert Botanical Garden, there were still a few cactus showing off with their gorgeous blooms.  Cactus bloom are so beautiful that it seems a shame that they can't be taken home with you.

I also spotted a lot of Queen Butterflies out and about.  These two have decided to share the taste of this shaggy lavender flower.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Two Great Dogs

I'd like you to meet Barolo and.....


Last week I did some dog-sitting for a good friend's two dogs while he was out of town.  Barolo and Thomas are two great dogs who were both rescued from a shelter and have found a wonderful home with my friend James.  Barolo has the energy of a puppy.  Always running and playing and Thomas is very content to have his tummy rubbed.  They are truly great companions.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I've continued the tour of the La Posada Hotel featuring the art of two of it's owners.  

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Poppies in the garden

Everywhere I look, poppies are showing up in gardens.  Not public gardens but, private gardens.  20 years ago, I never saw these flowers in gardens but, the last few years they are everywhere.  I saw these when I was walking around in Scottsdale last Sunday.  They really are a "happy" flower.  they make you smile.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Ultra-Modern work and home space

Three or four years ago, I toured this place when it was part of a open house home tour for a local charity.  It had an interesting layout with a work space on the lower level and residence on the two upper floors.  There is quite a lot of glass with views in every direction.    Right now, it's sitting here on this Scottsdale corner completely empty.  There isn't a for sale sign anywhere but, I'm guessing it is for sale.

It's neighbor house is this modest and well tended brick bungalow making quite a contrast between the two properties.  Both are located in the old town Scottsdale area so I'd say they are both on some prime property.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The artist at work..

Look who I found working on a painting in front of a Scottsdale art gallery.  He's a little "bronzed" but he has been sitting in the Arizona sun for a little while.  :-)

I like this sculpted depiction of Monet at work!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

"Tour de Tavern"

There are all kinds of modes of transportation in downtown Scottsdale.  You can ride a stage coach, or a horse and buggy; there are trolly-like buses and of course real buses.  But, this mode of transportation is all about partying.  It's a people-powered moving bar operated by a company called "Tour de Tavern". You get a large group of people together, hire the service for an hour or two and the guide will drive you to several bars.  The driver/guide, of course does not drink.  The guests all sit at the center bar but, they have bicycle pedals at their feet and they pedal to power the "bar".  I spotted this group Sunday morning.  What do you think?  Does this sound like fun to you?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Porch Swing

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to go to the grandparents house and swing on the porch swing.  I'm not sure why but, it just seemed to be the perfect way to spend time.  

On Sunday instead of doing my normal walk at the garden, I decided to take a walk in old town Scottsdale to see what I could see.  That's where I saw this porch swing that brought back so many childhood memories.  My sisters and I could always go to grandma's, raid the attic and dress up in old clothes and then sip lemonade on the porch in that old porch swing.  Ahhh, those were the days.

Monday, May 4, 2015

And the winner is....

I went to a Kentucky Derby party on Saturday and snapped a few photos at the event.  Above is Miss Mare standing in the winners circle looking quite proud of herself.  She was there for photos and she did an excellent job of looking at the camera whenever someone posed with her.

My friend David was decked out in his Derby suit and bow tie.  He's with his brother James.  James serves on the board of Echelon, the organization benefiting from the event.  Echelon is the young adult auxiliary of the Salvation Army.

It was loads of fun seeing all the wonderful "derby" hats at the event.  In the center of the photo is Brianna.  Her company does public relations work for Echelon.  Unlike me, she looks fantastic in a hat.

I went to the event hatless because I don't really own a hat. But, I did have on some killer shoes!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Gladly

Yesterday I told you about Cowboy Ciao, a Scottsdale restaurant.  Today I have The Gladly, owned by the same people who own yesterday's restaurant.  The Gladly is located in Phoenix on Camelback Road right in the heart of the Biltmore area.  It is more modern and sleek than it's Scottsdale relative.  However, that famous salad with it's own Facebook page is on this menu too!

There is a lot of reflection in this shot for a peek inside The Gladly.  The office complex where this is located has beautiful landscaping.  You can see a blooming palo verde tree reflected in the window.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm featuring the first stop on my recent road trip.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Cowboy Ciao

The city of Scottsdale offers numerous places to wine and dine but some stand out as a cut above the rest.  Cowboy Ciao has been in business since 1997 and is still going strong attracting capacity crowds every night.  You might call the menu a bit eclectic, they call it "modern American with global influences".  One of the draws of this establishment is it's 1800 bottle (and more) wine list.  It comes to the table in book form.  My favorite thing on the menu is the Stetson Chopped Salad, a tasty combination of arugula, pearl couscous, sweet corn, pepitas, black currants, tomatoes, Asiago cheese and smoked salmon.  It's a salad so well know around these parts that it has it's own Facebook Page.  

Friday, May 1, 2015

Theme Day: Revolution

Wow, this was a challenge topic that really got me scrambling for a way to interpret "revolution".  I chose the 'going round and round' definition.  The above swirling water tank is one very small part of a very large Rube Goldberg contraption that was on display at the Arizona Science Center.  It's one of those things where the balls travel from one end of the area to another by traveling through a series of obstacles it the way.

The photo above covers almost all of the huge contraption.  There was a lot of splashing water along the way so it was a perfect diversion for the young ones.

To see how other City Daily Photo bloggers have interpreted this theme, click here!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Tale of the Narrow Leaf Agave

It was a dark and stormy night......ahem....let me start it again.  It was a bright and sunny March morning when I took the above photo at the Desert Botanical Garden.  This narrow leaf agave plant has been growing in the middle of the a wildflower bed for many years and it probably appears in several photos I've taken over the years as the wildflowers start their spring blooming.

On April 5th I went to the garden and saw this huge stalk that had grown up in the middle of the agave plant.  I had never seen this plant bloom before so I was excited to see such a thick and heavy stalk.  It was certainly not the kind of bloom I would have expected.  I would have guessed a much thinner bloom stalk for this type of agave.

When I went to the garden this last Sunday morning, I notice that the stalk had started to bloom with the tiny yellow rosettes that open up all over the stalk turning it into what looks like a tall carpeted pole in the center of the plant.

Upon closer inspection I saw that the bees were absolutely feasting on the bloom.  It's quite a sight to see one of these plants throw up such a large spike, then watch it unfurl a layer of thick blooms.  It was even more exciting to see the thousands of bees drawn to what must be some very delicious nectar.