Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I was with a group of friends on Sunday attending a reunion at a good friend's house in Queen Creek Arizona (about 30 miles south east of Phoenix). Our friend's house sits on a mountain side with a wide view of the cities below in all directions. It was a cold and dreary day with layer after layer of dark clouds scooting by all day long. On the way home we were treated to some spectacular cloud formations set aflame by the setting sun. We stopped several times to jump out of the car to get some shots before they were all gone.
A big Happy Birthday to my sister Pam in Missouri. Have a great day!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Saturday we were out scouting out those over-the-top Christmas decorations and found this house. The lights were amazing and there were also window displays with all kinds of moving toys. It was drawing quite a crowd while we were there.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
On Sunday a very good friend and artist, Ted Wolter had a small private showing of some of his fantastic ceramics. Those of us there were eagerly snatching up our favorite pieces. Here is Julie Pace of Scottsdale Daily Photo showing off the price stickers from all of the pieces she bought while posing next to a much more prickly kind of sticker. She is also holding one of her prized acquisitions.
Our friend Ted is an art teacher at the Chandler-Gilbert Community College and he is also part of the Art Challenge group that I've been involved with for the past year. You can see some of the art challenge work by all of the artists in the group here and you can see some of Ted's other works here.
And yes, I picked up a few pieces for my collection too!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I expected lots of traffic and huge crowds when I went shopping on Saturday but, I didn't expect to be under attack by storm troopers and aliens. It turns out that as long as I dropped a dollar in the Salvation Army red kettle, I was safe.
If you peek at the reflection in the glass behind this trio, you will see the Biltmore Fashion Park's annual Poinsettia Christmas tree.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
When I was roaming around downtown last Sunday late afternoon, I happened to pass this wedding party being arranged for photographs right in the middle of a street. I sat at a stop sign and watched as the photographer lined up the female half of the wedding party in a line right across the middle of the street. I apologize for the quality of this photo. I grabbed the camera and shot it right through the windshield. When I had to move on, I drove around the block in time to see the guys lined up the same way for their photo op. I really wish I could see those shots, they have to be very unique.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
That airplane I featured yesterday was headed here. This is another telephoto shot taken from a very great distance. We can only see one terminal here and the airport currently has 3 active terminals. It's a very busy place, believe me, I spent a lot of time here in the 90's.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
If you live in one of the apartments in this downtown tower you get a good view of the incoming flights headed for the airport. I shot this from a distance using the telephoto lens which makes this plane look as if it's flying a bit too close to the building. Nothing to worry about. It was a good distance away.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Here is another shot from the Tempe Festival of the Arts last Saturday. This one is looking over the tops of some of the artist's tents toward the new W6 Residential Towers. You can see what a menacing sky we had and it lasted all day with spots of rain and hail here and there. I even heard a loud thunder clap later in the evening.
Monday, December 5, 2011
It's Monday. Time to go back to work. I'm fortunate that I don't have to use the freeways through the city in order to get to and from work. One day a week ago, I attended an afternoon event and made the mistake of getting on the freeway to head home. This was the scene as we headed west toward Phoenix with the late afternoon sunset lighting the sky.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Yesterday I went to the Tempe Arts and Crafts Festival in downtown Tempe. It's the biggest festival of it's kind in the valley and it happens twice a year in the spring and in the fall. Well, yesterday it felt more like winter. I think this guy was keeping warm from the steam and all that stir frying action. It looked like interesting 'fair' food but, it was way too cold for me to eat out doors. I selected a nice warm pub for lunch instead.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
I've mentioned the 5 C's on this blog before. If you grew up in Arizona you were probably taught about the five C's that drove the Arizona Economy between the 50's and 70's, Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, and Climate. Cotton is still a large industry in Arizona as evidenced by this cotton field in south Phoenix.
No matter how many times I've seen these fields, I still marvel at such an interesting plant.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday morning I joined fellow volunteers at the Torvrea Castle to change the lights to colorful Christmas light for the season. Every year the white bulbs that line the outside of the castle are switched out for red, green, and blue lights for the holiday season. We all donned Santa Clause hats and set about changing the lights on a cloudy, blustery morning. I think I might be ready to tackle my own decorations at home now.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
I was so busy during the month of November that I completely forgot about theme day. I didn't even know what the theme was until two days ago. So, I had to pull something out of the archives for this one. Here we have one of the hoop dancers who performed at the Heard Museum last spring. There is certainly a lot of action that goes on when these men and women dance.
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
The overflow water from Tempe Town Lake creates a sort of marsh land at the west end of the lake. It's perfect environment for all kinds of birds. Tomorrow I'll show you one of the birds I saw there.
There were lots of questions yesterday about the inflatable dam that creates the lake. The lake is located in a dry river bed. The river is dry most of the time but if we have wet weather in the mountains that surround Phoenix, the river can run and has on many occasions. Anything built in the river bed or on the shores of the river has to take into account flooding from time to time. The dam was built so that it can be deflated in flood times in order to allow the river to flow its natural course.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
One more shot from Grady Gammage Auditorium. I snapped this one a couple of weeks ago when I was leaving the theatre after a performance. It's hand held with my little point and shoot camera and it turned out way better than I thought it would. You can see how those round lights are lit up at night.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Grady Gammage Auditorium is located on the campus of Arizona State University and is a building well known to anyone who studies architecture. It is a Frank Lloyd Wright design that he originally envisioned to be built in Baghdad, Iraq. It surely wouldn't be standing today if it had been built there. In 1957, the president of ASU, Grady Gammage had a mission to create a distinct university auditorium. He contacted his close friend, architect Frank Lloyd Wright who revised his Baghdad plans to accommodate a perfect spot on the ASU campus. Neither Gammage or Wright lived to see the building built. Both died in 1959. Construction began in 1962 with Grady Gammage, Jr. turning the first shovel. The design was described as having outstretched arms welcoming all to ASU.
The light fixtures I featured yesterday line the flying buttresses on either side of the auditorium. They light the walkways that lead to the upper levels of the auditorium.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I was at the Tovrea Castle most of the day yesterday working on the docent training program when someone in our group spotted this Cooper's Hawk sitting on top of the power pole and surveying the property. He was patient enough to let me snap a few shots before he flew off toward the castle. I like the effect of that thin cloud streaking the sky behind him.