Actually I took this photo a while ago but, I thought it depicted our wilting heat perfectly. Yesterday's high temperature was 116 degrees (47 c). It was a record temperature for the day. I think I need to do a little rain dance to see if we can't get it to cool off a little. Have a great weekend everyone and stay cool!
When I was a kid growing up in Quincy Illinois, there was a row of houses that were built in this sort of salt-block style that I loved. I thought of them as "art deco" style but, to be honest I'm not sure the style falls into that category. I guess that growing up around big, two and three story houses made of brick and block, this style looked modern and sleek to me. So when I saw this house in one of our historic neighborhoods, it brought back those childhood memories.
I found another one similar to the one above also in a historic neighborhood. Flat roofs pose a particular challenge for homes in the desert. Long stretches of hot, sunny weather tends to dry out the roofing materials and when the monsoon season comes and we get periodic rains, that water can seep through some of the cracks and cause leaks. Many people with houses like these get a special roofing material that can stand up to the heat and brutal sun.
I pulled these two photos out of my archives. Back in October of last year on a visit to the Heard Museum, I found a garden space with one wall painted red and a flowering vine growing up against it. I took several shots in different positions and I like how all of them turned out.
I went for a walk at the Desert Botanical Garden early Friday morning. I hadn't been for quite a while because it's been too hot but, it was tolerable on Friday so I took advantage. I didn't expect to see baby quail out and about. I thought it was a bit past the breeding season but I guess I was wrong. This little family was out foraging for food.
I found two houses in the same Historic Neighborhood with three gables on the front of them. At first I thought that the builder from that era must have built two similar houses but, they really do have two distinctive looks about them.
I like the look of both of them but, I think I like the porch on the first one the best.
I found this adobe wall around the yard of a home in one of the historic neighborhoods. It looks like you enter the yard through this door. With the wall and the tall plants, I couldn't see the house inside but I like the wall.
It's that time of year again, the monsoon season has begun and the afternoon skies begin to fill up with clouds, big clouds. Sunday night the cloud build-up actually turned into some wind and rain for the valley. Very little rain for central Phoenix but the east valley cities of Tempe and Mesa got a lot of rain and some damaging winds to go with it.
The television weather man said that Phoenix wouldn't see any rainfall and that the storm would pass us by heading for the outlying areas. At exactly 10:00 PM I was sitting in a perfectly quiet house, checking my email when CRASH/BANG, a very loud clap of thunder startled me out of my chair. I hadn't even seen a flash. What followed was about 10 minutes of wind and light rain. Just when I though I might fall asleep to the patter of rain on the roof, it stopped and was all done for the night.
I stopped at my local Safeway grocery store on Sunday and they had a big selection of roses for only $9.99 a dozen. I decided I liked the yellow ones with the rosy edges. Of course, as soon as I got them into water, I got out the camera.
They will add some fresh color to the living room all week long.
I went to my local United Blood Services shop Saturday morning to give blood and look who I saw hanging around, literally. I guess a blood services center is a good place for this guy to hang out. I hope he's not drinking up the merchandise.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. It's a look at very unusual piece of art inside a historic building.
I started working on my latest "art challenge" yesterday. I got the brushes and paints out, set up the easel and ready, set, go! I usually use photography as my art medium but this time I promised myself I'd paint something. I'll show you the finished product when I get it done. I have no formal training in painting so it's a true challenge.
I pass by these apartments almost every day and I always catch a glimpse of the fancy ironwork that decorates the front entrance. It seems to fit in very well with the exotic name of the apartments, "Zazu Panee". One of these days, I should stop and take a peek inside that gate and see if there is a little oasis inside.
A few years ago, I posted a photo of this walk taken at night. You can see it here. I thought I'd post a day time shot. It's located on the grounds of the Arizona Center, a combination office and shopping complex in downtown Phoenix. Those fan like covers are very attractive.
The revolving restaurant on the top of the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Phoenix looks a bit like a hat. Combine it with one of the downtown street lights and it looks like two hats. One is kind of plain and brown and the other is more "art deco" and colorful. But, they make a good pair in this photo.
One method for coping with the extreme heat we get here in the desert is with "misters." The above photo shows the misters along the mall area at Biltmore Fashion Park shopping center.
Restaurants also use misters to cool down their patio dining areas but, as you can see from the above photo, people still don't sit outside when the temperatures soar above 105 degrees (42 C). We usually reserve outdoor dining for the fall, winter, and spring months.
I found this modern home located in central Phoenix not far from where I live in a neighborhood that is composed of mostly older mid-century homes. When I first saw it I thought it might be an office for a business but there was nothing to identify it as an office and that driveway on the right side of it seems to fit a home rather than a business.
Even though it has a decidedly modern look, it still seemed to fit in with the neighborhood.
I loved the striped wall that frames an entrance to the home. It has a very striking look and adds a touch of mystery to the property.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. It's a quick visit to a historic church in Buenos Aires.
We had our first monsoon storm of the season Thursday night with some lightening, some thunder, some rain and a lot of wind. I had dinner at a neighbor's house Thursday night and the walk home was so breezy and cool it was quite refreshing. We haven't had any rain since March so it was much needed.
I have been wanting to get a photo of this building so I could show you those giant address numbers in front for a long time and I found myself at the right place Sunday just about midday. The sun was high overhead and even though I tried to shade the lens, the result was this shot with the street and sky and even the parking lot completely white.
I decided to go back in the early evening when the sun would be low in the western sky and get a shot that shows the street in more favorable light. When I downloaded the second photo and compared the two, I decided to use them both. The over exposure of the top photo really isolates the building and makes it the center of attention. The second photo is more natural and shows how the street really looks.
The whole purpose of showing you this building was to show those giant address numbers. A most unusual way to display street numbers. I'm guessing that mail carriers and delivery men will not have any trouble finding this building. That is unless the numbers are so big they look right past them trying to find the normal sized address numbers.
A sudden craving for really good Mexican food had me driving across town last Saturday to have my favorite burrito at Barrio Queen in Scottsdale.
Barrio Queen is located in the Fifth Avenue shopping area of Scottsdale among all the tourist shops.
Now that summer is here, I figured the normally large crowds would be thinned out a bit and when I arrived it certainly looked that way. It gave me an opportunity to snap a photo of one of the dining rooms. It was a good thing I snapped it early because the place was packed with customers when I left.
Barrio Queen is only a couple of years old but it has become a popular dining experience in this area and for good reason. The food is great.